Temporary Visitation Policies

We understand how important it is to support friends and loved ones during their hospital stay. At the same time, COVID-19 requires us to temporarily adjust our visitor policy in order to keep our patients and visitors safe from infection.

UF Health – Gainesville

These restrictions apply to all of our hospitals, outpatient surgical centers and emergency rooms.

Visitor Policies

  • Patient visitors will be limited to no more than one for the patient’s entire hospital stay or visit.
  • Children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed as visitors.

Virtual Visits

For everybody’s safety during the COVID-19 response, UF Health has taken the responsible step to limit visitors to our hospitals. Meanwhile, we appreciate that staying connected to loved ones can have a positive impact on a patient’s health and well-being. And it’s important for family and friends to stay in touch and aware of a patient’s status throughout their care. Thanks to today’s internet and social media tools, virtual communication is easier than ever. For detailed instructions on how to virtually visit your loved one using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, select one of these options:

Patient Screenings

  • We will screen all patients and visitors entering our hospitals, outpatient surgery facilities and emergency rooms in Gainesville to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Screeners will take the temperature of all visitors entering the hospital.
  • Visitors with illness symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath; and those who have traveled internationally or returned from a cruise in the last 14 days will not be permitted to enter our hospitals, outpatient surgery facilities or emergency rooms.
  • Staff without a UF Health employee ID badge or GatorOne card will also be required to go through the screening process.

Screenings will take place at the following locations:

UF Health Jacksonville

In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Florida and out of an abundance of caution for our patients and our visitors and staff, we are implementing a temporary change in our visitation policy across UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North. We will also be limiting entrances to certain buildings.

Patient Visitation

At this time, all patient visitation has been suspended until further notice. Exceptions to this include:

  • Family members during end-of-life situations
  • Person supporting patient in labor and delivery
  • One parent allowed with pediatric or NICU patients
  • Individuals providing necessary health care to patients

Building Entrances

We are limiting access to buildings on the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North campuses.

  • Clinical Center: Two entrances remain open for patients and visitors: at the front lobby off of 8th Street and at the emergency room off of Roy Baker Drive. All other entrances are closed to visitors. Staff will use the MRI staff entrance behind the hospital or any badge tap doors.
  • Ambulatory Care Center: Main entrance remains open. Double doors by E.R. entrance are closed.
  • Towers: Use the main entrance on ground floor.
  • Pavilion: Use the main entrance on ground floor.
  • UF Health North: Entrance for patients and visitors is limited to two points: the front entrance of the Medical Office Building and the front of the Emergency Department. Employees can use their badge to enter through the back of the building.

Valet Services

We will also be suspending valet services at this time.

UF Health – Central Florida

  • Given the escalating circumstances with COVID-19 and to protect the health of our patients and health care providers, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital at this time, except under special circumstances which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • No one under age 18 is permitted to visit the hospital at this time. 
  • Visitors will be asked screening questions. Visitors who are determined to be a potential risk (those who present to the hospital with any signs of a cold, sore throat, fever, and/or cough as well as any upper respiratory symptoms or other transmissible illness) will be turned away. 
  • Visitors are expected to follow verbal and/or posted instructions, such as signs that No Visitors or Isolation