Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital announced Tuesday it will allow some visitors with updated guidelines.

Visitors will be screened before entering the facility. Anyone with signs of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) will not be allowed to enter.

Children under 12 are still prohibited from the hospital.

Visitors must sign in at the screening station when they arrive and they will be given a visitor tag. They must sign out when they leave.

Other guidelines include:

• All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient room.

• All visitors must wear a mask. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided for them at the screening station.

• Visitors must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Loitering in any public area within the hospital is not allowed. We discourage multiple visitors and visits to a patient in a single day.

• Once a visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately

For outpatients for invasive, surgical and procedural areas and the emergency department patients, one visitor will be allowed to accompany. That visitor must remain in the designated outpatient room (if that is available as an option) or they will be required to wait in their car and provide a cell phone number for communication.

For outpatients for non-invasive diagnostic services (including labs, radiology studies and more), no visitor will be allowed unless the patient is a pediatric patient or has dementia or altered mental status. One parent, guardian, or caretaker will be allowed to accompany patient in those instances.

Inpatients, who do not have a COVID-19 diagnosis or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis, will be allowed one visitor arriving between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the following exceptions:

• Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are not allowed any visitors.

• In the family birthing department, obstetrical patients may have two visitors. The birthing unit has specific screening and testing guidelines for obstetrical patients that are also to be followed.

• Pediatric patients may have one parent/guardian.

• Patients going for surgery outside of these hours may have a visitor before and after surgery per the other guidelines.

• End-of-life non-COVID patients may have up to two visitors at the discretion of the nursing team.

• End-of-life COVID patients may have visitation as determined on a case by case basis and with appropriate safety protections in place.