Missouri prisoners are concerned with the lack of enforcement for guards to wear face masks, the Associate Press reports.
All guards and inmates were provided with face masks, but wearing them is optional.
In Missouri, at least 67 prison staffers across 12 prisons tested positive for COVID-19, while more than 200 inmates contracted COVID-19.
Guards must wear N95 mask and other personal protective equipment around prisoners showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Prison staff temperatures are also taken daily.
“Why is it people who work at McDonald’s or small or big time businesses dealing with the public have to wear them, but these staff members are above everything else?” Chillicothe inmate Christa Mueller told the AP in an email. “Our lives matter too.”