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, childrensMN.org/COVID19.

NICU visiting standards

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

Inpatient visiting standards

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