Changes to entrance rules and family presence and visitors policy at MUHC hospitals

Following the Quebec Government's decree, with the exception of patients, anyone entering our buildings must be adequately protected against COVID-19.  Exceptions do apply under certain circumstances

Adult hospitals

As of Monday, October 18th, anyone accompanying a patient to an appointment or visiting a hospitalized patient will be asked to show their vaccine proof (such as a paper copy of QR code or Vaxicode app) and photo identification in order to enter.  

The following exemptions will be applied:

Outpatient clinics

  • Caregivers who are accompanying a patient requiring assistance with mobility, translation, cognitive impairment (*with conditions)

Inpatient units

  • Caregivers who are visiting a patient:
    • at the end of life
    • in labor
    • unable to consent to their care
    • needing assistance that can’t be provided by the hospital
  • Security will contact the unit to validate if the exception is permitted (*with conditions)


Those visiting a patient will also be asked COVID-19 screening questions at the entrance. People with symptoms or who should be in quarantine will not be allowed to enter. Patients and caregivers going to outpatient clinics or coming to the hospital for treatments or tests will be asked the screening questions when registering for their appointment.

Montreal Children’s Hospital

  • Visitors of a hospitalized child, aged 12 years and over will be required to present their vaccine proof (paper QR code or Vaxicode app) and photo identification in order to enter.
  • Siblings under 12 years old are not permitted to visit

The following exemption will be applied:

  • A designated caregiver accompanying a child who requires assistance that cannot be provided by the hospital.

For more details, please visit the Montreal Children’s Hospital webpage.

*Those allowed to enter due to an exception must:

  • Wear their mask at ALL times
  • Stay in the patient room, waiting room or examination room
  • Maintain a two metre distance from others, especially if eating or drinking
  • Not use common areas (cafeteria, family rooms, restaurants, shops, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE:  Coming to hospital with symptoms of COVID-19 puts patients and staff at risk.  Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

For more details, visit the Family Presence and Visiting Guidelines page. 

As we continue to live through these stressful times together, we ask all families to continue to work with us in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.