Visitor Policy Change

Visitor Policy Change


Dear MSK Patients and Visitors,

To respond to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, we have updated our visitor policy. Effective Friday, March 20, at 12:01 am, we will no longer allow patients to have visitors. We have taken this action in order to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. This change is consistent with a recent health advisory issued by the NYS Department of Health. The new visitor policy applies to all Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) inpatient and outpatient locations.

This policy will be in place until further notice with very limited exceptions.

This policy does not apply to visitors of patients who meet one of the following exemptions:

  • Imminent end-of-life patients
    • Two caregivers will be permitted to visit simultaneously, with the ability to swap visitors throughout the day.
  • Pediatric patients
    • One caregiver (caregiver can be a parent or another visitor) will be permitted to visit.
  • Extreme extenuating circumstances.
    • One caregiver will be permitted to visit.

All visitors coming to visit patients who meet one of these exemptions will be screened for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or fever). If the visitor has any of these symptoms, they will not be allowed to visit.

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to our visitor policy. We will continue to make adjustments to policies and procedures as needed so that we can maintain excellent care for our patients.


Ned Groves
HICS Incident Commander

Lisa DeAngelis, MD
Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer

Elizabeth McCormick, RN
Chief Nursing Officer