Visiting Hours & Guidelines

Because the health and safety of our patients, families, visitors and staff is of utmost importance to us and to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 illness, the following visitation restrictions are effective beginning March 17, 2020. 

Electronic Visitor Management System

Lurie Children’s implements a year-round visitation policy and new electronic visitor management system. The goal is to ensure the safety of our patient population and staff.

  • Adult visitors (18 and older) will be required to show a valid government ID and will be subject to a background check through the Electronic Visitor Management System. Approved visitors will receive a hospital-issued badge with a photo. This badge must be worn at all times.
  • Parents will provide a list of approved visitors and only healthy visitors on that list will be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors not on the approved list will be asked to contact families directly.

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Visitation Policy for Inpatient Units and Surgical Services

Visitation hours – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Effective March 17, 2020: 

  • Only TWO (2) healthy parents/legal guardians are allowed to visit per patient. 
  • No children or siblings under 18 are allowed to visit until further notice. 
  • Anyone with symptoms of a viral illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea will not be allowed to visit.
  • Because people can spread these illnesses even before they show symptoms, anyone who has been exposed to a communicable disease in the past 30 days such as chicken pox, shingles, measles, tuberculosis (TB), mumps or whooping cough/pertussis will not be allowed to visit.

Outpatient & Ambulatory Services Visitor Guidelines

The following visitation guidelines for ambulatory (outpatient) services are effective immediately:

  • Only ONE (1) healthy adult is permitted to accompany patients to their outpatient appointment. 
  • Anyone with symptoms of a viral illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea will be asked to reschedule their visit.