• By Deb Balzer

Mayo Clinic to reinstitute visitor guidelines in Rochester

August 12, 2021
a Mayo Clinic hospital room with nurse in PPE and family member of patient with COVID-19

Due to the continued spread of the highly contagious delta variant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. will reinstitute visitor policy restrictions in inpatient and outpatient settings, beginning Monday, Aug. 16.

All visitors entering Mayo Clinic will be screened for respiratory illness, and required to comply with social distancing guidelines and wear a mask for the entirety of their visit. Visitors who do not comply with these requirements will be asked to leave.

Updated visitor restrictions

Inpatient settings

  • Patients may have two visitors.
  • Visitors may not be rotated and must be at least five years of age or older.
  • All visitors will be provided with a visitor ID badge.
  • For adult care areas, visitors will not be allowed to physically sleep overnight in a patient room unless approved by hospital leadership.
  • Any exceptions to the visitor policy will be reviewed and approved by hospital leadership or appointed designee.
  • Visitor badges must be worn throughout the entirety of the visit. 

Outpatient settings

  • Patients can have two visitors.
  • There are no age or rotation restrictions.

Additional measures essential to safety

The goal of this policy update is to limit COVID-19 exposures across Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Safety remains Mayo Clinic’s top priority, and these measures are being reinstituted to protect patients and staff. Signage will also be posted at all points of entry into the hospital, clinic, and Emergency Department.


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Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date

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