ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- BJC Healthcare loosened visitor restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic Monday.

The hospital system now allows one visitor per patient in outpatient, inpatient, and surgical settings. Pediatric and end of life patients are allowed two visitors.

Visitation is still restricted for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients with some exceptions, though the hospital did not outline what those exceptions are. 

Patients will still be encouraged to come alone whenever possible or consider virtual visitors when available. Visitors will be required to sign in and out of inpatient units.

Visitors will be encouraged to limit movement throughout the buildings, practice social distancing when in public spaces, and remain at the bedside as much as possible during their visit.

BJC is watching the trends in COVID-19 cases and could cut back on visitors if they become inundated with cases again.

"Masking and social distancing," Dr. Hilary Babcock, said. "It is not really an either or, so I sometimes see people and they are both in masks but they are standing really close and talking together like this far a part and that makes me nervous even though they have masks on."

Babcock is an infectious disease specialist at BJC Healthcare. She said she is concerned at the rate of increasing cases in the country.

Masking and social distancing. It is not really an either or, so I sometimes see people and they are both in masks but they are standing really close and talking together like this far a part and that makes me nervous even though they have masks on. 

For more information, visit bjc.org/visitors.

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