Visitor Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic

Beth Israel Lahey Health has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in order keep our patients and staff safe. Please review our updated visitor policy below. Additional COVID-19 resources, including information on testing and vaccination, can be found here.

Visitor Policy

BID Needham revised its visitation guidance to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. Effective Monday, January 10, we are moving to a policy that does not allow visitors for hospitalized patients and in our emergency departments. Please note that essential escorts and support persons are still permitted, as are exceptions on a case-by-case basis (including end of life visitation).


  • Visitors are not allowed for inpatients at this time, regardless of COVID-19 or vaccination status of the visitor or patients.
  • Care teams may consider exceptions for special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.

Ambulatory and Procedural Areas, Emergency Department

  • Each patient may have one (1) essential escort.