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Updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2021

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has made it a priority to protect the health and well-being of those we serve. To accomplish this during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make some difficult decisions. This includes limiting the number of companions able to accompany you when you receive care.

We realize that this decision may be challenging to accept and a source of frustration. These limitations help us keep you and your loved ones, as well as our caregivers, safe. The use of virtual platforms to communicate with loved ones is encouraged and may provide you with a desired sense of connection. Individual locations are able to provide further guidance.

LG Health is following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health throughout our locations. This guidance, which applies to all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, includes:


Limiting companions

  • Please refer to chart below (or information below) for details that apply to specific locations and levels of care.
  • All companions must have no fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Companions may be required to wear a wristband.
  • Children 12 years of age and older are permitted.

Masks or face coverings must be worn by everyone who enters an LG Health location regardless of vaccination status

  • Masks must be of sturdy construction and must fully cover both the nose and mouth.
  • The following are not permitted: exhalation valves, gators, bandanas, gas masks, any mask that does not completely cover the nose and mouth.
  • Face shields should not be worn instead of a mask, unless for medical reasons.
  • If necessary, a mask will be provided.

Screening, upon entry, for all patients, companions, and staff members

  • This includes screening questions and a temperature check.
Social Distancing

Keeping 6 feet between each other in all areas, whenever possible

  • People living in the same household do not need to stay 6 feet apart from each other.

We will continue to evaluate our visitation policies in order to balance the needs of our patients and families with the need to limit exposure to COVID-19. We hope to return to a more open policy once it is safe to do so.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our main number at 717-544-5511.

Updated visitation guidelines for Clergy

Beginning Monday, June 28, clergy will again be permitted to visit patients at Lancaster General Hospital and Women & Babies Hospital. Click here to review the guidelines and procedures prior to your first visit to either hospital.



  • Screening upon entry
  • Mask required
  • 6 ft. of distance maintained
  • Must stay in room
  • Wristband required

Inpatients - Patients admitted to Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital for observation
2 - Designated companions
For entire hospital stay, any time during visiting hours
10 am – 8 pm
Labor, Delivery, after Delivery (Post-partum)
2 - Designated companions
For entire hospital stay, any time during visiting hours
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
2 - Parents / guardians
One at a time at baby’s bedside
Unlimited. One parent/guardian may stay beyond 8 pm
Pediatric - Inpatient (Hospital) and Outpatient (Offices)
2 - Parents / guardians
Family unit/dependent children as social distancing allows
Hospital 10 am – 8 pm
Patients with disabilities or special needs
2 - Designated companions
plus 1 caregiver for the individual with special needs
Hospital 10 am – 8 pm and during outpatient business hours
Patients at end-of-life
Up to 4 companions at a time may be with the patient
As needed
Patients who have COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results
At this time, we are not allowing care companion for patients who are COVID-19 positive or those awaiting COVID-19 test results. There are exceptions for those patients at end-of-life. We have virtual options available to allow access to patients.
Outpatients – office visit, testing, Urgent Care, outpatient procedure, day surgery
2 - Designated companions
To accompany patient
Length of appointment or procedure
Emergency Department
2 - Designated companions
To accompany patient
Length of stay. If patient is admitted, inpatient guidelines apply. If admitted after hours, care companion may stay for 30 mins. after admission.
Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
2 - Designated companions
For any clinic visit. First time meeting for radiation oncology. 1 companion for infusion. Pediatric infusion, parent/guardian.
Length of appointment or procedure. Only if approved by physician.
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