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New policy effective Monday, July 19:

MOST inpatient visitation hours: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily. Limited exceptions noted below.

Effective Monday, July 19, 2021 Inova has changed its visitation hours at care sites to reflect the easing of restrictions due to the decline of COVID-19 cases regionally. Please review the information below for full details.

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.
  • The following face coverings cannot be worn at any Inova location: gaiter style masks, bandanas or vented masks.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, except in end-of-life situations.
  • Virtual visits are available for adult and adolescent patients at the patient's request.

Hospital Inpatient:

Visitation hours: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily. Exceptions can be made for end of life situations, pregnant patients in active labor and visits from the clergy).

Adult patients may have two visitors at a time, in addition to a Designated Support Person (DSP), if applicable. What is a Designated Support Person (DSP?)

Pediatric patients may have two parents/guardians at bedside 24/7.

  • Non-ICU pediatric patients may have two additional visitors, but only during visitation hours.
  • Additional visitors for PICU and NICU patients will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Outpatient, Ambulatory Sites, and Emergency Room (ER):

Adult patients may have one visitor, in addition to their Designated Support Person (DSP).

For pediatric outpatients, only two parents/guardians may visit.

Inova Loudoun Nursing Rehabilitation Center (ILNRC):

View current ILNRC visitation guidelines.

Behavioral Health:

Only virtual visitation is available for adult inpatients.

Adolescent visitation is from 6 – 6:30 p.m. for one parent or authorized representative. (Virtual visitation is also available.)

Women's Health:

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

Labor and Delivery Visitation:

  • One support person continues to be allowed 24/7 in Labor and Delivery.
  • Two additional visitors (16 years and older) are allowed during the labor and delivery experience:
    • This can be a professional doula, one visitor and one support person (Three total)
    • This can be two visitors and one support person (Three total).

Postpartum and High Risk Perinatal (HRP) Visitation:

  • One support person continues to be allowed 24/7 in Postpartum and HRP.
  • Two additional visitors (16 years and older) are allowed during regular hospital visitation hours; three people maximum allowed in room with patient.

Antenatal Testing Center (ATC) Visitation:

  • One companion 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.


Thank you for your support as we make this transition to support our patients’ needs.

How is Inova Keeping the Community Safe?

  • Point of entry symptom screenings
  • Visitors who are permitted in select circumstances receive point of entry screening and required to wear masks
  • Rearranged waiting areas for social distancing
  • All team members wear a mask for every patient interaction