Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

Woman wearing a mask having her temperature taken while visiting the hospital

The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following newly revised guidelines before visiting one of our hospitals or healthcare facilities.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, visitation is tightly restricted at every RWJBarnabas Health hospital and healthcare facility, including behavioral health and outpatient facilities. Visitation guidelines may differ between hospitals, so please visit your local hospital’s page for details:

At all facilities, patients with special needs, including intellectual, developmental or other cognitive disabilities, will be allowed to have one caregiver with them, as well as an aide if necessary.

Safety Measures: Temperature, Symptom and Travel Screening

All visitors will be screened for the following and may or may not be allowed to visit or stay based on:

  • Temperature and Symptoms Screening
    All visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering any of our facilities. If they present with fever or with cold or flu-like symptoms, they will not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the CDC.
  • Recent International Travel History
    Anyone who has traveled within the last 14 days from states identified on the NJDOH travel restriction list or who has returned from international travel within the last 14 days will not be allowed to visit.
  • Recent Domestic Travel
    Visitors will be asked about travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection.
  • Contact with Individuals with Known COVID-19
    If any visitor has been advised to self-quarantine, they will not be allowed to visit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask. They may wear their own face mask/covering upon arrival to and throughout their stay in the facility, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If they do not have their own face mask/covering they will be provided one.

At the time of entrance, all visitors will be provided instruction on how to wear face masks. An instruction sheet is posted throughout our facilities.

If an individual is permitted to visit a COVID-19-positive patient because of extenuating circumstances or if a patient is on isolation precautions, they will be provided with and must wear appropriate PPE as recommended by the CDC. Staff will direct the visitor on the appropriate PPE.

If a visitor refuses to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated, that individual will be asked to leave the facility.

* Face masks with valves will not be permitted as the valves allow unfiltered air to be released. This does not protect others from bacteria spread, per the CDC.

Prior to and During the Visit

All visitors must perform hand hygiene before visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer is available at facility entrances.

Learn the best way to wash your hands.

Once in the hospital or facility, visitors shall remain in the patient’s room (or Emergency Department bay) as much as possible throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital or facility staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedure or other procedures in which visitors are usually asked to leave.

If an aerosol-generating procedure needs to be performed on a patient, the visitor must leave the room during the procedure and for one hour after the procedure is complete.

All visitors must comply with all reasonable requirements imposed by the hospital or facility to minimize the potential spread of infection.

Gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus is not permitted.

RWJBH understands that a hospitalization can be a stressful and uncertain time for many. The visitation policy reflects our commitment to addressing the needs of our patients while prioritizing the safety of all those who enter our facilities.

Our staff and physicians are here to support you and your loved ones and will take into consideration any requests that are made beyond the parameters of this policy in the best interest of the patient.

With guidance from the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health departments, we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we serve.

When not available to visit, we encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, FaceTime, Skype and other means.

In-Room Virtual Visits

We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.