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Baton Rouge General Lifts Visitation Restrictions

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BATON ROUGE, La. – After more than a year, Baton Rouge General (BRG) today announced that effective Monday, May 24, it will lift most pandemic-related visitor restrictions. The statewide mandate still requires masks at healthcare facilities, so all visitors and patients, in addition to our employees, must wear a mask inside all three hospital locations.

One of the biggest changes is that children 12 and older will now be able to visit loved ones in most areas of the hospital, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult:

  • In the Behavioral Health Units (BHU), visitors must still be 18 or older
  • In the NICU, siblings 12 and older may visit, but any other visitors must be 17

Two visitors are now allowed per patient in more areas, including the Emergency Rooms, ICU and NICU. In the Birth Center, there is no limitation on the number of visitors, unless the mother is COVID-positive. After delivering, two visitors can spend the night.

Visiting hours remain 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for select areas:

  • ICU – 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-5 p.m., and 8:30-10 p.m.
  • NICU – 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • BHU – 1-2 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Skilled Nursing Unit – By appointment only

In March 2020, all area hospitals began a strict no-visitor policy. In May 2020, limited visitation was allowed for patients undergoing surgery. Further modifications were made as vaccinations rolled out and community spread continued to decline.

For more information and for up-to-date visitation guidelines, visit

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is affiliated with several medical school programs, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.