MaineHealth Visitor Restrictions
This is an update to the visitor restrictions policy published on Friday, March 20, 2020 and updated on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The effective date of this revised policy varies by local health system:
- July 13, 2020: Southern Maine Health Care
- July 15, 2020: Maine Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Stephens Memorial Hospital
- July 16, 2020: Franklin Memorial Hospital
- July 20, 2020: LincolnHealth, Mid Coast Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital
Visitors/escorts are not permitted on hospital campuses, except the following:
Hospital Inpatient Areas:
- Pediatrics (two parent/guardians at a time allowed in all areas)
- Obstetrics (one person – spouse or coach – in labor and delivery area)
- Critical Care (two visitors daily) – visit times to be managed by the care team
- All other inpatient areas (one visitor daily) – visit times to be managed by the care team
- End-of-Life – all areas (up to four people may visit patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas) – visit times to be managed by the care team. This permission is not to extend beyond one day.
Patient Discharges: Patients will be brought to an appropriate entrance for pick up.
Outpatient Surgery and Procedural Areas: One person permitted in waiting area, provided waiting area space is sufficient to achieve compliance with guidance on social distancing.
Emergency Department: One person permitted to accompany patient, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with guidance on social distancing.
While we make every effort to effectively utilize our space, we do have waiting and treatment space limitations. It is often the case that we must ask visitors to leave. Please understand that we do this for the safety of our patients and staff.
Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Patients are encouraged to come alone or arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance.
Patients Requiring Special Assistance: If not covered by the previous exceptions, a patient needing help (for example, with mobility or care team communications) may be assisted by an adult escort to provide the needed assistance or support. Such necessity to be determined by care providers.
All visitors/escorts are subject to screening. Visitors/escorts with respiratory symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter hospital facilities.
- Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room/care area;
- Wear a mask at all times in the facility; and
- Avoid going to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting.
These restrictions are for the protection of patients, employees, visitors, and the public, and consistent with guidance from governmental authorities, and are adopted for the purpose of reducing the potential for propagation of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions are imposed by order of the MaineHealth President and Chief Medical Officer.