COVID-19 Patient & Visitor Information

Update on mask mandate: All Houston Methodist facilities will continue requiring masks for patients, visitors, staff and clinicians. Hospitals and private businesses can require masks according to state law. 

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Patients Undergoing Surgeries and Procedures

We are currently requiring all patients be tested for COVID-19 prior to their surgery or procedure. We are also postponing non-urgent cases if the patient tests positive for COVID-19.

Visitor Policy  

(Effective 12/24/2021)

Patients may have 1 healthy visitor (18 years or older) per day, except in certain circumstances where it could be a community health risk.


For everyone’s safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we strongly discourage visitors. We encourage only vaccinated visitors enter the hospital or physician offices. All visitors are required to wear a mask for the entirety of their visit and are subject to Houston Methodist’s screening policy.

Emergency department

  • For safety, no visitors are allowed in the waiting room except in special circumstances such as for disabled patients who may need one visitor to provide support.
  • Visitors may be asked to wait in their vehicle until their family member is placed in a patient room.
  • Visitors will be notified once the emergency patient is in a patient room and it is deemed safe for them to have 1 visitor.
  • COVID-19 patients — Visitors are not allowed if the patient’s physician deems it unsafe.

Hospitalized patients, procedures, treatments, doctor appointments and vaccine clinics

Generally, each patient is allowed 1 healthy visitor per day. Exceptions include:

  • Hospitalized patients are allowed 1 healthy overnight visitor (18 years or older).
  • Labor and delivery patients are allowed 1 healthy visitor per day (18 years or older). One healthy visitor (18 years or older) may stay overnight. For the Neonatal ICU, both parents will be allowed to visit.
  • On the day of surgery, 1 healthy visitor per day is allowed to stay in the waiting room during surgery, then accompany the patient back to the unit.

COVID-19 or other infectious hospitalized patients

Visitors are not allowed if the patient’s physician deems it unsafe. Otherwise, 1 healthy visitor (18 years or older) will be allowed and and will be required to wear the necessary safety equipment at all times.


  • Visitor policies will vary for long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs).
  • If you feel an exception is needed, please speak to management.
  • Exceptions will be made for compassionate reasons, based on the patient’s medical condition.
  • Patient’s clergy may visit without being “counted” against the patient’s visitor limit.
  • Visitor hours may be determined by each unit. 


Masks are required in all Houston Methodist facilities. Hospitals and private businesses can require masks according to state law.


COVID-19 Hospital Entrance Information

Please visit the following campus web pages to see the most up-to-date information on hospital entrances:

Safety Measures at Houston Methodist

Besides being vaccinated, wearing a mask is the most effective way to keep infections down and begin to return to normal. We encourage you to make the personal decision to keep wearing your mask. Because when we do the right thing, we can stop the spread together.

The safety, health and well-being of all of our patients is our top priority. You can be confident we are taking every necessary precaution to keep you safe during your visit, including:

  • Vaccinating our staff
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients from other patients
  • Screening all patients and essential visitors when entering our facilities
  • Requiring all patients, visitors and employees to wear a mask (hospitals and private businesses can require masks according to state law)
  • Implementing social distancing in our waiting rooms and elevators
  • Minimizing waiting in public spaces
  • Elevating our cleaning and housekeeping practices
  • Offering remote check-in