September 12, 2022 – For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, all Cleveland Clinic U.S. locations will be returning to open visitation starting Tuesday, Sept. 13.
There will no longer be screeners, set visiting hours or limits to the number of visitors a patient can have. This applies to both inpatient and outpatient settings. This change will safely allow more people to visit their loved ones, benefiting our patients’ healing and well-being.
Note: ICU settings may have care-specific visitation restrictions.
Reasons for the change:
- The COVID-19 threat is different than when our visitation policy was implemented.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public guidance on social distancing and isolation has changed.
- Advanced treatments for COVID-19 are available.
- Reduces the burden of enforcement on our caregivers, especially those at the bedside.
- Data has not shown visitors have significantly contributed to the spread of COVID-19.
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, we will continue to review data and trends and adjust our visitation guidelines as necessary.
- Visitors are required to wear masks while inside any Cleveland Clinic facility.
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 can visit a patient no less than 10 days after testing positive or being exposed.
- Any individual who is sick should not visit.
- Visitors to patients with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, which include wearing a mask, eye protection, gown and gloves.
- We’ve partnered with Protective Services to keep our entrances safe.
- We will continue to support and distribute the visitor partnership pledge.
Your efforts to support patients and their loved ones impact the quality and delivery of our care.
Thank you for your continued dedication.