Updated COVID-19 Restricted Visitor Policy

The safety of our patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and other staff remain our highest priority. We continue to have restrictions on the number of visitors who may accompany patients in our hospitals and clinics.

It is important that we all remain focused on safety measures.

At All Locations

Before entering the building, all visitors must:

  • Bring their own mask and it must be worn at all times.
  • Not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have a temperature less than 100 degrees F.
  • Undergo daily screening for COVID-19.
  • On a case-by-case basis, patients at the end of life may have up to 3 visitors.
  • Note that visiting hours differ by location. Please discuss visiting hours with hospital staff.

This policies remain in place for everyone, including those that have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our patients are getting exceptional care from our outstanding physicians, nurses, and staff in a way that protects their safety and that of others.

Below, see specific restrictions by location.

    • Loved ones may visit a patient who has COVID-19 under very strict guidance. Only a single visitor is permitted, and visitation is restricted to 1 p.m.-3 p.m. each day. Questions or concerns should be discussed with the patient's care team.
    • Patients in the Adult Emergency Department may not have any visitors.
    • Other patients may have 1 visitor in the facility at a time.
    • Birthing mothers may also have a certified doula with them for labor and delivery (see below for more details).


  • In the Children's Hospital and Emergency Department 

    • When your child is admitted, you will select 2 parent-approved visitors (PAVs) who may stay with your child. Only those 2 people may visit.
    • PAVs in the hospital will receive wristbands to identify them. PAVs in the Emergency Department will get stickers for identification.
    • The PAVs must be screened daily for fever or other symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. They also must always wear masks, and visitation may be ended if masks are not worn.
    • PAVs must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter or leave the patient room.
    • PAVs must maintain physical distancing (6 feet apart).
    • PAVs must remain in the room, with only 1 going to get food, for instance.
    • PAVs who stay overnight should arrive before 8 p.m. and will be re-screened by nursing staff the following morning. 

    Visitation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    • In the case of twins, 2 parents/guardians can be present in the NICU at one time, 1 at each bedside.
    • While the mother is in the hospital for post-partum care, she and another parent/guardian or designated support person may visit. However, visitation may be restricted to 1 person at the bedside depending on activity in the unit.
    • In case of mothers/parents with a C-section or other physical challenge, situation-specific exceptions may be made.

    Day of Surgery

    • 2 parents/caregivers are welcome to be with your child in the holding room before and the recovery room after surgery. These caregivers must:
      • Pass COVID symptom/exposure screening.
      • Wear masks at all times (and staff may end visitation if they are not wearing a mask).
      • Maintain social distancing (6 feet apart).
      • Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving the room.
    • If your child is admitted to the hospital, you will be asked to identify 2 parent-approved visitors who can be with the child.


    • Patients may have 1 visitor in the facility at a time.
    • No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19.


    • No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19.
    • Other patients may have 1 visitor per hospital stay.


    • A single visitor is permitted, under very strict guidance, for patients with COVID-19.
    • All other visitors may have 1 visitor per hospital stay.


    • COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit may have 1 visitor for 30 minutes per day. No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19 in the medical unit.
    • For other patients, 1 visitor is allowed at a time.
    • Patients in the Emergency Department or Obstetrics can have 1 companion.


  • Because of the special needs of pregnant and birthing mothers, there a few specific different steps we are taking for prenatal visits and labor and delivery at Vanderbilt Health and baby+co. Otherwise, the same policies apply as do for other patients.

    • Prenatal visits: We encourage telehealth prenatal appointments when possible. When an in-person appointment is required, one visitor may accompany the mother. Both must be screened before each visit. This is also true when you come to an ultrasound at a Vanderbilt location.

          Baby+co.’s prenatal appointments differ slightly, and the full policy can be found here.

    • Doulas and partners at birth: 1 adult and 1 certified doula may be present in labor and delivery in Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and baby+co. (subject to screening). The partner can accompany the mother to postpartum and should be the same person with the mother for the entire stay.
    • Masks: All patients are expected to wear masks except when alone in their room, while eating or sleeping. We know wearing a mask during labor can be difficult. If you have specific concerns, discuss them with your provider. Newborns are not masked.
    • Mother-Baby Care: Newborns remain with mothers except when rare circumstances, such as severe illness or fever, make it safer for babies to be separated.  Breastfeeding is encouraged after appropriate hand and chest hygiene.
  • Patients may have 1 visitor with no age restrictions.