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These temporary visitor restrictions are being lifted due to decreasing hospital admissions for influenza, RSV and COVID-19.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC Hospitals, UNC Health Rex and UNC Health Chatham will end temporary age-based visitor restrictions for some areas across our inpatient hospitals beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25.

Due to decreasing hospital admissions for influenza, RSV and COVID-19, at our UNC Hospitals’ Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Youth Behavioral Health in Butner campuses; UNC Health Rex in Raleigh and Holly Springs; and at UNC Health Chatham in Siler City:

  • Visitors aged 11 and younger will no longer be prohibited from inpatient areas and waiting rooms.
  • All visitors with respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from these same areas.
  • Normal visiting policies will remain in effect for the remaining areas within UNC Hospitals.
  • Healthy visitors of any age will remain welcome in our lobbies and retail/food locations.

Other hospitals in the UNC Health system set their own visitor restrictions and policies based on local trends and other factors.

Please note: If you’re planning to visit a loved one in the hospital, check with their clinical team or on the hospital’s website under “Visitor Policy” for any updates.

If you are feeling sick or have recently experience any symptom of respiratory illnesses, please stay home. We continue to encourage all visitors to wear masks in our hospitals.

Our infection prevention teams continuously monitor key criteria to help guide hospital leaders’ decision-making of when to impose and lift visitor restrictions to protect patients and teammates.


About UNC Health

UNC Health is a state entity and an affiliated enterprise of the University of North Carolina system, comprised of 15 hospitals, 19 hospital campuses and more than 900 clinics along with the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine (SOM). It exists to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others we serve and to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina SOM. UNC Health provided more than $800 million in Uncompensated Charity Care during the past five years. Our hospitals have received numerous awards and recognition for quality care, patient safety and the overall patient experience.