COVID-19 visitor information

Updated 22 April 2022

NSW Health continues to focus on providing a safe health service for patients, their families and carers, and our staff, while we provide kind and compassionate care.

Visitors to hospitals are welcome but must wear a mask before entering and while inside the facility. Children aged 12 and under are not required to wear masks.

All visitors will be screened on entry and must follow the advice of healthcare staff at all times.

Some hospitals may implement additional restrictions in response to a local COVID-19 outbreak to minimise risk of transmission to ensure the safety of patients and staff. This may include having limits on the number of visitors at the bedside at any given time. However, in such instances hospitals must apply as far as practicable care and compassion and allow visitors.

If the person you are wishing to visit is currently COVID-19 positive, your request will need to be clinically assessed and some restrictions may apply.

Visitors will be permitted if they:

  • have had at least two doses of a recognised vaccine if they are 12 years and older or one dose if aged from 5 to 11 years (unless they have a medical exemption)
  • have not tested positive to COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • are not a household contact or close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 in the previous 7 days
  • do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • have not arrived from overseas in the past 7 days

Individuals who have COVID-19 or are not vaccinated can be risk assessed in certain circumstances such as end of life situations.

A high-risk contact is someone who has spent more than four hours inside a home, accommodation premises or care facility with someone who has COVID-19.

Further information is available at Information for people exposed to COVID-19.

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