Hospital group eases some visitation restrictions

Newport Hospital. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s largest hospital group has eased some restrictions on visitors so more people can see their loved ones during hospitals stays.

Lifespan’s changes announced recently are in line with state Department of Health guidelines meant to prevent overcrowding.

Patients at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital who are not being treated for COVID-19 may now have up to two separate visitors per day during set visitation hours.

Patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital may have two parents or guardians visit them at the same time.

Visitors must remain in patient rooms and are not allowed to visit the cafeterias or gift shops. Visitors may also not bring outside food or drink into the hospitals.

Visitors are also expected to maintain at least six feet between themselves and others while in the hospital.