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visitor restrictions for COVID-19

Updated on June 11, 2021
Learn more about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19 at

All visitors 2 years and older must still wear a mask, as required by federal guidelines for health care organizations.*

Visitor restrictions are in place to limit the number of people in the hospital, keeping our patients, families and staff safe, and preventing the spread of COVID-19. After passing the screening process, family support members can eat in the common areas during visiting hours. In alignment with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, visitors under the age of 12 are not permitted unless exception has been made.

Outpatient (including clinic visits, testing services, surgery and urgent/emergency care):

  • Two parents or caregivers can accompany the patient.
  • We recommend that you leave siblings at home for the safest and most productive visit, however we understand that is not always possible, so we will not restrict siblings from attending the visit.
  • Some clinics continue to limit to one visitor, like sleep lab. If you have received instructions that only one visitor is allowed, please follow those instructions

Inpatient stays:

  • Two parents or legal guardians plus up to four additional individuals can be identified for visitation during the patient’s stay.
  • No more than three people can be in room visiting at one time.
  • Only those listed for visitation or support can meet in the common areas on the first floor, such as the lobby or cafeteria.
  • Adult caregivers will be screened for wellness every day. They should also do hand hygiene (use hand sanitizer or wash their hands) at the wellness screening and before coming in and out of their child’s room. Caregivers will also be asked to primarily stay in their child’s room.
  • Anyone over the age of 50 with chronic health problems should avoid visiting a patient in the hospital.
  • No NICU visitation will be allowed for confirmed COVID-19 mothers and support partners while able to transmit COVID-19.*
  • No COVID-19 positive persons or symptomatic individuals awaiting test results will be permitted to visit patients.

*Children with a disability that interferes with wearing a mask are exempt. Parents, caregivers or visitors who refuse a mask due to health issues will be asked to wear a face shield. If parent/caregiver/visitor refuses a face shield, they will be escorted to the destination by a volunteer or Dayton Children’s staff member.

when you arrive at the hospital

We have limited entrances at the main and south campuses, so follow the signs to the open entrance. All patients and visitors will be screened for wellness and asked about their recent symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. 

All visitors (adults and children) will also receive a disposable mask after they are screened. If you come to the hospital wearing a cloth mask, you may continue wearing it. We are also happy to provide a disposable mask, if you'd prefer. You can read more about this change here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

updates on COVID-19

Please use our coronavirus information hub for resources and answers to frequently asked questions about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19. You can also call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm for additional questions.