Joseph Brant Hospital Easing Visitor Restrictions

Posted on Monday June 29, 2020

Helping connect patients and loved ones during COVID-19 

For Immediate Release 

June 26, 2020 – Burlington, ON – Starting Monday, June 29th, Joseph Brant Hospital will begin to gradually reduce visitor restrictions and increase access to the hospital, providing much-needed support for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Recognizing the importance of family and caregivers in patient care, JBH is implementing new guidelines to allow inpatients to see their family members or caregivers during their stay, while also protecting the health and safety of everyone in the hospital. 

New Visitor Guidelines 

  • Each inpatient can identify up to two family members/caregivers to visit during their stay
  • Only one family member/caregiver may be at the bedside at one time
  • Clinical units will provide approved visitor names to entrance screeners daily
  • Visiting hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Ambulatory Care patients are not permitted to have a visitor accompany them at this time, with very limited individual exceptions on a case-by-case basis. 

Visitor must pass COVID-19 screening before entering the hospital and follow all health and safety measures while in the hospital, including physical distancing and wearing Personal Protective Equipment when necessary.

 In addition to these new guidelines, more private rooms on the hospital’s post-partum unit will be opened to allow a patient’s designated care partner to safely remain with them during their entire stay. This change will take effect on July 2. 

Additional Entrances Opening 

The hospital is also opening more entrances starting June 29. 

Patients and visitors can enter the hospital at the North Tower, South Tower and Pedestrian Bridge following successful completion of the screening process. People who require entry to the hospital between 11:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m., can enter through the 24-hour Emergency Department.  

Patients and visitors are encouraged to bring a mask from home and wear it in the hospital. If you do not have a mask, a mask can be provided upon request. Hospital staff and physicians will continue to wear masks, and other Personal Protective Equipment as appropriate, to ensure the health and safety of all. 

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 information on our website. 

Additional Resources 


“We appreciate the vital role family and caregivers play in supporting patients while in hospital, and understand how challenging it has been for them to be separated from their loved ones during the pandemic. As the province starts to reopen and Joseph Brant Hospital continues to gradually reintroduce scheduled surgeries and outpatient care, we are easing visitor restrictions so patients can be with their loved ones and caregivers during their stay. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding, and thank them for their support throughout this challenging time.” 

Eric Vandewall, President and CEO, Joseph Brant Hospital 

About Joseph Brant Hospital 

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full service community teaching hospital serving more than 185,000 residents in the communities of Halton and Hamilton, including Burlington, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek, with a skilled staff of 194 physicians, 1,911 full- and part-time staff and more than 700 volunteers. In conjunction with McMaster University, JBH is a Clinical Education site, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital with an expanded campus which includes the seven-storey state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which features a new Emergency Department, 172 acute inpatient beds, 9 new Operating Rooms and post-anaesthetic care unit to support expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services. JBH is also a partner member of the Burlington Ontario Health Team. For more information, visit

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