Department of Health

Eased restrictions for hospital visitors

Joan Kirner womens hospital

The COVID-19-related rules for visitors to hospitals have been eased. 

Masks remain mandatory for hospital visitors, but all other Victorian Government restrictions have been lifted. 

Instead, hospitals will now set their own visitor requirements to reflect local circumstances, and to keep patients, staff and guests safe. 

The changes came into effect at 11.59pm on Friday 22 April. 

Additional requirements are still in place at public sector residential aged care and disability care facilities, because of residents' vulnerability to COVID. 

These settings are constantly reviewed and will be adjusted as soon as it is safe to do so. 

They include:   

  • A limit of up to five visitors per day, or four visitors at any one time 
  • Visitors are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated 
  • Visitors must provide evidence of a negative RAT before entry; or if no RAT, limited to two visitors per day. 

The changes to hospital visitor settings were made as part of a broader package of measures including the lifting of the household contact quarantine requirement, and the lifting of the commercial premises check-in requirement via the Service Vic app.

Reviewed 27 April 2022

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