Time with family members, loved ones and friends improves recovery and creates a healing environment essential to a patient’s health and well-being. We work to ensure that hospital visitors find it easy and convenient to see loved ones, while making sure visitation policies support optimal care for all of our patients.
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Patients have the right, subject to their consent, to receive the visitors they designate — including spouses, domestic partners, other family members or friends — and the right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time. Visitation privileges shall not be restricted, limited or otherwise denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Please note that visitation restrictions are currently in place in all Johns Hopkins Medicine health care facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this policy is not ideal or preferred. In the future, we will return to a more patient-focused visitor policy. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Howard County General Hospital
Visitors are currently not allowed in most health care settings. Please review our visitor policy for more information.
Visitor Policies and Guidelines
Families are encouraged to identify one family member or other partner in care to communicate with extended family and hospital staff. For the health, comfort and safety of all our guests, visiting family members and friends should cooperate with all requirements from medical staff, especially related to our security and patient safety procedures.
When visiting a patient, keep in mind:
Always wash your hands or use the hand gel dispensers when entering the hospital and patient rooms. Hand washing is the best protection against spreading diseases.
Masks prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must wear a mask when they enter our facilities. (Kids under 2 are offered a mask, but it is not required.)
Photo or Video Restrictions
Due to government privacy laws, photographs and video recording are not allowed without prior patient and hospital consent.
Smoking: Tobacco-Free Campuses
To promote the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors, all Johns Hopkins hospitals are tobacco-free. Smoking is not permitted in any area of our hospitals or on the grounds.
Medical treatment for nicotine addiction may be available through your physician. Smoking cessation information: