• By Deb Balzer

Mayo Clinic in Rochester to ease visitor restrictions for hospital patients

February 23, 2022

The number of visitors allowed in inpatient facilities for patients in Rochester will change on Thursday, Feb. 24

The number of visitors per adult inpatient will be eased to two consistent designated visitors. Visitors must be at least 5 years old. This is consistent with pediatric patient restrictions, which were relaxed on Feb. 7. A responsible adult must accompany all visitors under age 16.

For the Family Birth Center, two consistent designated visitors age 16 or older will be allowed for the duration of the hospital stay. Overnight restrictions will be eased as well.

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, even when alone with a loved one in a hospital room.
  • 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 policies and updates:


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