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COVID-19 Update:Learn more about how we are protecting our patients, families and staff, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.

MASKS REQUIRED:To protect our patients and staff, face masks are mandatory when visiting any Children’s National location.

Visiting Hours and Guidelines

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Last Updated: May 20, 2022

Visiting Hours

At Children's National Hospital, parents and guardians can be with their child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All other visitors can see patients from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Visiting Guidelines

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Children’s National is taking extra steps to protect our patients, families and staff. Effective March 3, 2022:

  • Visitor screening. We screen patients and parents, caregivers, family members and visitors for the following COVID-19 symptoms at our Welcome Desks and check-in areas at all locations: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or respiratory symptoms. Any individual with signs/symptoms of infection are prohibited to visit.
  • Mask policy. Our current masking guidelines remain in effect at all Children’s locations, clinical and non-clinical, and includes our shuttles. We understand some businesses, schools and others in our region may not require a mask, but to protect our patients, we do require everyone continue to wear a mask when at any Children’s National location. Read more about our mask policy.
  • Outpatient appointments (including the ED). Two parents/guardians can accompany one patient to an outpatient appointment or ED visit.
  • Primary care appointments. Two healthy parents or caregivers (18 and over) can accompany their child to any of our Children’s Health Center's or Children's National Pediatricians & Associates.
  • Inpatient stays. For inpatient visits at time of admission, each parent or caregiver may designate a maximum of two (2) individuals (additional caregivers, family or visitors), including themselves, who may visit the patient. Siblings under 18 years of age may not visit at this time. Read more about our inpatient stays.
  • Patients with, or suspected to have, COVID-19. The visitation for patients with suspected or COVID-19 infection is limited to two designated parents or caregivers who must be able to remain in the patient’s room for the entire visit.

Please read the specifics below, as we continue to evaluate and adjust the visitor policy to ensure the safety of patients, families and staff. While the decision to restrict our visitation policy was difficult, we thank you for helping us keep our community safe.

COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Visitation Policy

Additional Information for Visitors

Children's National Hospital and its affiliates do not restrict or deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.