Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Our No. 1 priority is to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe. As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are adjusting our policies as necessary to protect our patients and our physicians, nurses and staff.

Inpatient visitor policy

  • Patients who are staying overnight at MU Health Care hospitals will be allowed to designate one visitor per day at registration who will be allowed to accompany the patient.
  • Women in labor will be allowed a spouse or partner and labor coach.
  • No visitors will be permitted for adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Two parents or guardians will continue to be permitted for pediatric patients, but only one parent or guardian will be allowed for pediatric patients with COVID-19.

Visitors will be required to wear face coverings and are encouraged to bring their own from home.

Registered visitors will receive either a wrist band or name badge and will be permitted to visit during the following hours:

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (University Hospital, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Women's and Children's Hospital); all visitors must be at least 16 years old.
  • 4 to 8 p.m. (Missouri Psychiatric Center); all visitors must be at least 18 years old.

We will continue using Zoom and FaceTime to help patients connect with loved ones who cannot be present in person.

Outpatient visitor policy

Emergency room patients, those undergoing same-day surgery and testing, and those attending clinic visits at MU Health Care hospitals will be allowed to designate one person at registration who will be allowed to accompany the patient. Two parents or guardians will continue to be permitted for pediatric patients, but only one parent or guardian will be allowed for pediatric patients with COVID-19.

Visitors will be required to wear face coverings and are encouraged to bring their own from home.

All visitors must be at least 16 years old. We will continue using Zoom and FaceTime to help patients connect with loved ones who cannot be present in person.

Public entrances

  • University Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Missouri Psychiatric Center: Entry will be limited to the first level of the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage. The Emergency Department entrance will remain operational for patients needing care.
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital: Entry for the public is through the main lobby entrance. The Emergency Department entrance will remain operational for patients needing care.
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute: Entry is through the second-floor circle-drive entrance on the east side of the building.

Screening upon entrance

  • Cough and temperature screening before entry for everyone - vendors, staff, visitors and patients
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