Family and Visitor Guidelines

Updated June 9, 2021

As of June 9, 2021, we have updated our visitor guidelines. These changes apply to all Wake Forest Baptist locations, with the exception of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are considered a patient under investigation (PUI).

The recent CDC guidance on mask wearing for fully vaccinated people does not apply to healthcare settings. While vaccination substantially decreases the chance of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, we serve patients who are at high risk for severe disease if infected with COVID-19 and we must do everything can to keep them, and those in our community, safe and healthy.

We continue to require our patients, staff and visitors to wear masks while inside any of our facilities.

For patients who are not COVID-19-positive or suspected to have COVID-19:


  • For hospitalized patients, two healthy adult visitors per day may stay as long as they wish during the hours of 6 am – 8 pm.
  • Children under 18, including siblings of patients, may not visit hospitalized patients but families with special situations should contact their care team and attending physician.
  • Family members and visitors may switch during the same day.
  • One healthy adult family member or support person may stay overnight with adult patients who are hospitalized. 

Adult ED

  • Adult ED patients may have one adult visitor accompany them any time of the day as long as the lobby remains at safe seating capacity. Visitors are allowed to switch during the visit.
  • If the lobby exceeds safe seating capacity, only essential visitors (those assisting with mobility or communication needs) may remain in the lobby, and all other visitors must remain outside the ED until the patient is placed in a treatment space. 
  • Once patients are admitted from the ED, guidelines for hospitalized patients are in effect.


  • Two healthy parents or legal guardians may accompany pediatric patients at all times. This includes pediatric patients who are hospitalized, undergoing same-day procedures or surgeries, or visiting the Brenner Children’s ED or outpatient clinics.


  • Two healthy adult family members or visitors are allowed for the patient’s entire stay. A labor coach or doula counts as one of the two visitors.
  • Family members and visitors may switch during the same day.
  • A labor coach is allowed from admission for labor to completion of delivery recovery. For C-section deliveries, only one visitor may accompany the patient, and a labor coach will not be permitted.
  • This includes The Birth Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and other labor and delivery units in our health system.

Restrictions remain in place for adult COVID-19-positive patients and those who are suspected of having COVID-19. No visitors are permitted, except at end of life. 

Thank you for your patience. If you have questions, please contact your care team.