Visiting hours and guidelines

Children’s Minnesota visiting standards were updated 10/11/21. We care for all children in the community, and we want all patients, families, staff and guests to be safe and well.

COVID-19 visiting standards

For hospital stays:

  • Patients who are staying at the hospital who are not suspect or confirmed with COVID-19 may have no more than two people per day, including parents/legal guardians.
  • Children ages 5-18 must be from the same household as the patient in order to visit. No children under age five years old may visit.
  • Wellness screenings will take place at the Welcome Desk for all visitors.
  • Compassionate exceptions may be possible. Talk with your patient care manager on your unit.

Visiting process and standards

  • Parents/legal guardians and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness daily at the Welcome Desk.
  • A mask is required at all times in the hospital.
    • Visitors from the same household as the patient may remove their masks in the patient’s room if no Children’s Minnesota staff are present.
    • Visitors who are not from the same household as the patient must wear their mask throughout their visit.
    • If parents/legal guardians stay overnight in patient room, their mask may be removed while sleeping, with the curtain pulled as a physical barrier.
  • Visitors will be asked to leave the hospital if they do not follow these standards and wear their mask as directed.

Primary care and specialty clinics, and same-day procedures

Please only bring the people who need to be at your child’s primary care or specialty clinic visit, or same-day procedure.

  • Masks are required for all people over age five.
  • The following people should not come with their child to their visit:
    • People who have ill symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms of illness.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • People who have been instructed to quarantine in the past 10 days.
  • This includes outpatient surgery, radiology, sedation and procedural services (SPS) and primary care and specialty care clinics.
  • Compassionate exceptions can be made by the patient care manager, when appropriate.
  • Additional limits may be put in place in certain areas due to space limitations.

For more information on coronavirus and how to protect your family, please visit our website,

NICU visiting standards

Go here for neonatal/NICU guidelines (Spanish) (Somali)

Inpatient visiting standards

Go here for the parent handout (Spanish) (Somali)