Boston hospitals announced updates to their visitor policies on Saturday as they continue to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
Patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston will be allowed one healthy guest a day. All visitors will also be screened when they arrive, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital Spokesperson said.
Boston Children's announced that only two adult caregivers may visit or accompany a patient at a time, and that no visitors under age 18 may visit, including siblings of patients.
Those changes go into effect on Monday, March 16, Boston Children's said in a statement.
A Brigham spokeperson said it expects additional delays in patient visits with the new policy, and advised patients and guests to allow for extra time as screening is implemented.
Brigham and Women’s is one of the hospitals in Boston that has tested a number of people for coronavirus.
The hospital said this measure was part of taking every precaution for maintaining the health of patients, visitors and staff.