The number of visitors Dubbo Hospital patients can have in a day has been bumped to two but there are conditions attached.
The Western NSW Local Health District has advised that visitors must be older than 12 years and jabbed twice with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association.
Visitors must also be able to provide evidence of their vaccination status and wear a mask at all times.
"Exemptions may be considered in some circumstances for visitors who are not yet fully vaccinated," a health district spokeswoman said.
"These circumstances may include patients in end-of-life care, maternity care or children who require emergency care."
Visitors will not be allowed entry to the hospital if they have been to "case locations in NSW, interstate- affected areas or New Zealand in the last 14 days".
Likewise, if they are close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their isolation period; live in a household with a person who is currently isolating, or are waiting for a test result.
The spokeswoman said the changes applied to all hospitals in the health district.
She said aged care residents of Multipurpose Service (MPS) facilities could also have two visitors per day provided they were older than 12 years and had received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the visit.
For more information on visits and activities related to aged care residents go to www.health.nsw.gov.au.
The spokeswoman said all visitors were asked to remember that the conditions were in place to protect the well-being of patients, residents, and staff.
"If you intend on visiting a patient or resident, please make sure you have prepared your evidence of vaccination, and have your mask on when you enter," she said.
"Follow the directions of staff at all times and conduct yourself in a COVID-safe way by wearing your mask at all times, wash and sanitise your hands, and maintain an appropriate distance between yourself and other people."
The spokeswoman suggested people who were not fully vaccinated but wanted to visit a hospital patient or MPS resident "contact your local health service by telephone to discuss whether the circumstances permit an exemption".
She said the health district had a zero-tolerance policy for aggressive or inappropriate behaviour.
"Please respect our staff and the measures being taken to protect patients and residents," the spokeswoman said.
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