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Patient & Visitor Restrictions at The Ottawa Hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ottawa Hospital is currently in low visitor restrictions as part of the hospital’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

COVID Screening Requirements:

  • All patients and their designated support person will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 at the entrances.
  • The support person must be screened negative (have no symptoms) to be permitted entrance to the hospital.
  • ALL patients and support people will be required to wear a medical mask for the duration of their visit. You will be provided with medical masks upon entry into the hospital.
  • Your support person is not required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since they are essential. However, it is highly recommended that they are vaccinated for their safety and the safety of others. Your support person cannot be swapped out with someone else.
  • No children, Doulas, or other visitors are allowed at this time.

Obstetrics Clinic or Obstetrical Ultrasound

  • One support person may accompany patients.

Labour Assessment/Triage

  • One support person may accompany patients.

Birth Unit and Triage

  • Once admitted to the Birth Unit for labour, patients may have one unique visitor in addition to their support person (For a maximum of 2 people; the second person may be a visitor or a doula).  There is no exchange of visitors.

Mother Baby Unit

  • One support person may stay around the clock. Visitors are allowed during visiting hours however a maximum of two people (including the support person) may be at the bedside at any time.


  • Antepartum patients may have one support person visit between 08:00 – 20:00 in addition to the regular visitors.


  • One support person may stay around the clock.
  • Your support person cannot be swapped out with someone else.
  • The support person is permitted to leave and return once per day e.g. going home to shower or out to eat. Otherwise your support person must remain in the room with you as much as possible.
  • Meal trays are provided only for patients. Your support person(s) should bring food, snacks, clothes, etc. that are needed for the duration of your stay to minimize traffic throughout the hospital.  Tim Hortons, Second Cup and the cafeteria are still available as food options but have restricted hours. 
  • A baby of a presumed or confirmed positive COVID mother will stay in the room with the mother, if both the baby and mom are well. Mom must wear a medical mask and must perform hand hygiene when feeding or handling baby.  Your baby must remain at a physical distance of 2 meters while not breastfeeding and you should have a healthy support person present to help care for your baby for the duration of the stay.  Only the support person is permitted.
  • Once you are discharged home, please limit your contact to household members only to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 for you and your baby

Postpartum Readmission 

  • Occasionally patients are readmitted to the MBU after discharge for postpartum complications.
  • If you or your baby are re-admitted, and we are not concerned about COVID-19, you will be able to keep your baby with you and your support person may stay if needed.
  • If you are readmitted with COVID-19 your baby should remain with a healthy care provider at home, and your nurse will help you with pumping if you are breastfeeding.


  • Both parents may visit their infant together at any time. One visitor is allowed to accompany a parent during visiting hours.

All visitors and Support Persons:

  • Will be screened at the entrance (see next section for details).   
  • Will be asked to clean their hands.  
  • Must wear a mask at all times (a mask will be provided at the screening desk).  
  • Must practice physical distancing (stay at least six feet apart from others) at all times.  
  • Must follow instructions from staff on the unit. 

Additional Information for NICU Regarding Contact/Suspect/Positive COVID Infections:

All recommendations are based on Public Health guidelines and are subject to change.

Please refer to the Public Health website for updates.

Keeping Everyone Healthy for the Birth of your Baby

At this time, it is strongly recommended that patients and their support person begin reducing their risk of exposure to COVID prior to the birth of their baby.  To keep all patients and staff safe, only COVID negative patients may have a support person from their household accompany them in the hospital for labour.  Patients with a suspected or confirmed COVID infection will need to find an alternate, healthy support person who does not live in the same home accompany them.

Regardless of vaccination status, patients should only go out for essential reasons (e.g. work, school, medical appointments) by 36-37 weeks gestation, or for as close to 10 days prior to a scheduled cesarean birth. 


Last updated on: June 23rd, 2022