How prisons are preparing for the total solar eclipse

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — How are prisons preparing for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8?

The New York State Department of Corrections announced its plans to cancel visitations at the nearly two-dozen facilities in the path of totality. Also, a system-wide lockdown will go into effect during the eclipse as a “safety precaution.”

A memo issued by the Department of Corrections earlier this month reportedly states that anyone in custody will be locked in their housing units between 2 to 5 p.m.

News10NBC is Rochester’s Eclipse Headquarters. The skies will start to darken in Rochester at 2:07 p.m. Totality will begin at 3:20 p.m. and will last for 3 minutes and 38 seconds in the city. You can see our complete eclipse coverage here and a list of eclipse viewing parties here.