Visitor Guidelines

At medical visits and in the hospital, visitors must:

  • Wear a mask 
  • Be 12 or older
  • Not have COVID symptoms or exposures

Bringing Your Child as a Visitor

In most cases, children over 12 can visit someone in the hospital. However, some areas, such as the behavioral health areas, have more restrictions. Call the hospital before you go to confirm.

How Many People Can Visit?

At University Hospital:

  • Staying in the hospital: 2 visitors allowed from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 1 adult can stay overnight
  • In the ER: 2 people allowed
  • At clinic appointment: 2 people allowed

See all University Hospital visitor restrictions (PDF).

We allow some exceptions.

At Culpeper, Haymarket, and Prince William medical centers:

  • Staying in the hospital: 2 people can visit at a time from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; 1 adult can stay overnight
  • In the ER: 2 people allowed
  • At clinic appointment: 2 people allowed

COVID Policies at Culpeper, Haymarket, & Prince William Medical Centers

If you're visiting a patient with COVID or who is possibly positive for COVID, you must use:

  • A Best-Fit N95
  • Eye protection
  • Gown
  • Gloves

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days or currently have symptoms of COVID-19 and don't have test results, you can't visit a hospital patient, unless you're:

  • The guardian for a minor or for an adult 
  • The support person for a laboring mother
  • The designated support person in accordance with HB2162 legislation, to accompany the patient during an admission

Nursing supervisors may grant visitation for end-of-life or other special circumstances. 

University Hospital: Policy Exceptions

For questions about exceptions and beyond what's listed here, talk to the unit manager or the patient's care team. They will review your request.

End of Life

If facing death, we can allow 2 visitors, 24/7.

Having a Baby

If you’re having a baby, you can have 2 visitors, 24/7.  


In the hospital, clergy members can visit in addition to your allowed visitors.