• By Deb Balzer

Mayo Clinic in Rochester eases visitor restrictions for pediatric hospital patients

February 7, 2022
a child patient with IV line in hand sleep on hospital bed with an adult holding her hand for comfort

Mayo Clinic in Rochester eased restrictions for hospitalized pediatric patients, effective Monday, Feb. 7.

The number of visitors per pediatric inpatient ― those hospital patients age 18 and under ― is limited to two consistent designated visitors. Visitors must be at least 16 years old and are allowed to visit at any time for the duration of the hospitalization, including overnight. A responsible adult must accompany all visitors under age 18.

At times, the number of visitors in a patient's room may need to be limited out of medical necessity, as determined by the care team.

Essential safety measures for visitors

Safety remains Mayo Clinic's primary focus. To protect the safety of staff, patients and visitors, Mayo Clinic in Rochester will continue to:

  • Ask all visitors COVID-19 screening questions at building entrances. 
  • Require visitors to be masked at all times and comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • Provide education if a visitor is permitted for a patient who tested positive for COVID-19, including explaining to the visitor the risks of contracting COVID-19 and educating the visitor on the required personal protective equipment precautions.

Patient and visitor guidelines


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