Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; visits by clergy. (SB1356)

Introduced By

Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, hospices, and assisted living facilities; visits by clergy; public health emergency. Requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities and hospices and the Board of Social Services to include in regulations governing assisted living facilities a requirement that each hospital, nursing home, certified nursing facility, hospice, and assisted living facility allows patients or residents to receive visits from a rabbi, priest, minister, or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect upon request during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat. The bill provides that any person visiting a patient or resident pursuant to this act shall comply with all reasonable requirements of the hospital, nursing home, certified nursing facility, hospice, or assisted living facility adopted to protect the health and safety of residents, patients, and staff. Read the Bill »


01/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101880D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1356)

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