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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042


All Care Site Locations

Regardless of care site location, all visitors must adhere to the following:

  • Exhibit no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Be age 16 or over.
  • In keeping with the CDC’s current guidance, regardless of vaccination status, everyone in a healthcare facility must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose the entire time they are in the facility and maintain a physical distance of six feet from others. Visitors who fail to wear a mask properly will be asked to leave.
  • Patients, visitors, companions and Designated Support Person (DSP) must wear a surgical/medical-grade face mask at all times. Surgical face masks will be provided if needed. Cloth, vented or gaiter-style masks cannot be worn in an Inova care site.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, except in end-of-life situations.* 
  • As maintaining social distancing is necessary for everyone’s safety, we may need to ask persons accompanying our patients to wait in their vehicles.
  • Virtual visits are available for adult and adolescent patients at the patient's request.

*For end-of-life patients, two visitors are permitted at the bedside at the same time without time restriction.

Hospitalized Patients

Visitation hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily

  • Patients may have two visitors at a time (ages 16+) during visitation hours.
  • Exceptions can be made for end-of-life situations* and visits from the clergy.
  • Pediatric patients may have two parents/guardians or substitute caregivers at bedside 24/7.
  • When a patient is being discharged from the hospital outside of visiting hours, their designated driver/support person is allowed hospital access to pick them up to receive discharge instructions and medication training.
  • All visitors to an Inova facility will be required to wear a surgical/medical grade mask at all times. Surgical masks will be provided if needed.

Emergency Room (ER)

  • Patients 16+ may have one unique visitor per ER visit, in addition to a Designated Support Person (DSP), if applicable.
  • For pediatric patients, only two parents/guardians or substitute caregivers may visit. 

Outpatient and Ambulatory Sites

One accompanying companion (age 16+). 

Inova Loudoun Nursing Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC):

Please visit the Inova Loudoun Nursing Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC) website for information on their specific visiting hours.

See visitation guidelines

Behavioral Health Inpatient

Visitation guidelines for Inova Behavioral Health inpatients will be provided upon admission.

Women's Health

At this time, no siblings under age 16 are allowed in the Women's areas.

Labor and Delivery Visitation

  • One companion (age 16+) and one professional doula are allowed 24/7 during the labor and delivery experience.

Postpartum and High Risk Perinatal (HRP) Visitation

  • One companion continues to be allowed 24/7.

Antenatal Testing Center (ATC) Visitation

  • One companion (age 16+) is allowed in the exam area with the patient.

Definition of Designated Support Person (DSP)

If a patient has a documented diagnosis of a pre-existing disability requiring ongoing support in the community, he or she may request continued support and assistance from their Designated Support Person (DSP). The DSP must be over the age of 18 and be knowledgeable about the patient’s specific needs related to the disability. A DSP may be allowed to stay with the patient in designated areas 24/7, and is requested to enter/leave the building between the hours of 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Up to two persons may share DSP duties; however only one person is allowed per day.

A person with a pre-existing disability who utilizes ongoing support from an individual in the community may bring a DSP to all Inova locations and treatment centers.

Definition of a Visitor

Anyone the patient determines significant to their well-being and whose presence would enhance their return to health.

Definition of a Companion

A companion is defined as someone the patient has chosen to remain with them who is not subject to visiting hour restrictions. This also applies to those accompanying patients undergoing diagnostic studies, procedures, or surgery.

How is Inova Keeping the Community Safe?

At Inova, safety is more than a checklist—it’s part of our culture, the foundation of everything we do, every time, every touch.

Learn about our safe locations, safe practices, safe supplies, safe vaccines and safe care. 

Visit Safe@Inova