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COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

*** NEW: May 24, 2023

Family presence is an important part of patient-centred care at GBGH. GBGH has returned to 24/7 Family Presence, enabling visitors to see their loved ones in hospital at any time.

  •  If you are visiting a patient between the following hours, you must enter the hospital through the Emergency department
    • Monday – Friday: 8 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • If visiting during these times, you will be asked to provide your name to the Emergency department Registration Clerk who will inform the unit of your visitation
  • You will be escorted to the unit you’re visiting

 All visitors must continue to:

  • Self-screen for symptoms, as per the posted signage
  • Wear a hospital-provided mask upon entering the building
  • Remain masked for the duration of your visit

COVID-19 policies are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

When a unit is in outbreak, visitation on that unit is limited to essential caregivers only. Please contact the unit you are visiting for more information.


Visitor Screening

Everyone entering GBGH should be self-screening for the following symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell

As well as two or more of:

  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea)

All visitors must comply with hand hygiene practices, wear a hospital-provided mask and follow physical distancing. Visitors could also be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment as determined by the care team based on a patients’ condition.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

Virtual visitation options are still encouraged where possible (please see below).


Virtual Visits

To use the virtual visitation service, please click here –

The hospital anticipates having this service continue beyond the pandemic for loved ones who are unable to visit.