CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Clinic is changing its visitation policies in the midst of COVID-19 and will allow more people to visit patients while dropping age restrictions.
From Tuesday, inpatients can have two people visit them at a time, with no limit on the number of people visiting throughout the day, while all other restrictions such as visit time and mask requirements are followed.
The hospital system announced Monday that it could certainly allow more people to visit their loved ones at the hospital as “COVID-19 cases remain stable in our community.” The changes are for locations in Ohio and Florida.
Three key changes are:
• Two people can visit one patient at a time. Before, only two could visit a day. But now, if both visitors go and check out, two more could come in and visit.
• Age restrictions are lifted. According to previous rules, visitors must be at least 18 years old.
• Visitors must now check in and out of the hospital during visits. Part of the reason is that staff can ensure that patients only have two visitors at a time.
Visiting hours remain 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and visitors must wear masks while inside any Cleveland Clinic facility. People visiting patients with COVID-19 should follow additional guidelines, which include wearing a mask, eye protection, dress, and gloves.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to one that has tested positive should wait at least ten days before visiting a patient.
Complete guidelines can be found at clevelandclinic.org/visitation.