Visitor policy

Updated February 22, 2023

To protect our patients, staff and community from the risks associated with COVID-19, we have visitor guidelines in place at all our locations.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Running nose

Or if you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask you to postpone your visit.


To better safeguard our patients, staff and other visitors, everyone must wear a well-fitted, hospital-grade, multi-layer procedural mask inside our facilities. Fabric masks, gaiters, vented masks and bandanas are not allowed. We will provide appropriate masks at entrance points if you do not have one. Folks are allowed and encouraged to wear their own non-vented KN95 or N95 masks if they have them.

Outpatient visitors

One or two visitors may accompany each patient for clinical or procedural appointments. Children who are capable of keeping a mask on may also accompany a patient who has an appointment. 

All outpatient visitors must: 

  • Follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines

Learn more about what to expect when you arrive for your next visit

Emergency Department visitors

Nebraska Medical Center

For the safety of our patients and staff, we are no longer allowing visitors accompanying adult patients to wait in the waiting room.  

Visitors will be directed to Storz Pavilion or Clarkson Cafe inside Clarkson Tower to wait.

One adult visitor may accompany each minor patient at all times; two may be considered based on the severity of illness.  

All visitors must follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines.  

Bellevue Medical Center

Two adult visitors may accompany each patient. 

All visitors must  follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines. 

Inpatient visitors

Inpatients can have two healthy visitors at a time. Children who are capable of keeping a mask on can visit. 

Those wanting to visit patients with COVID-19, or those suspected of having COVID-19, must wear personal protective equipment.

Visitor hours are 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors and escorts will be asked to leave if our guidelines aren't followed. 

Our visitor guidelines:

  • Wear a procedural mask at all times, including in patient rooms
  • Do not eat or drink in patient rooms or waiting areas
  • Wash your hands before entering and upon leaving patient rooms
  • Stay in the patient's room during the entire visit
  • Respect our visitor rules. One or two visitors are allowed at one time