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.

Please note: Visitors are not allowed if they are sick or have COVID-19, and no visitors are permitted for adult patients with COVID-19. This applies to inpatient as well as outpatient locations.

Inpatient visitor policy

  • Upon registration, patients who are staying overnight at MU Health Care hospitals will be allowed to designate one visitor for their entire hospital stay.
    • See hours below. Overnight guests are approved by exception only.
  • Women in labor will be allowed two visitors (spouse or partner and labor coach). (Only spouse or partner will be allowed for patients with COVID-19.)
    • When baby is born, baby gets two visitors (parents/guardians), and mother gets one visitor.
  • Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents or guardians. (Two parents or guardians will also be allowed for 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, Children's Hospital and Women'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

Adult emergency room patients may have one visitor. Pediatric emergency room patients may have two parents or guardians.

Adult urgent care and quick care patients may not have any visitors at their appointments. Pediatric urgent care and quick care patients may have two parents/guardians

Patients 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, Children's Hospital 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 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.
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