US hospitals have called off a ban on under 18s visiting hospital wards, which was set in place following the outbreak of the pandemic H1N1 flu virus.

Following a reduction in alert levels, local hospitals are now returning to normal visiting policies.

Most states are reporting no flu activity and Virginia is reporting normal flu levels, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Local hospitals joined others across the nation in prohibiting people younger than 18 from visiting hospitals because H1N1 was largely affecting children and young adults, according to

Hospitals that implemented the ban included Riverside Health System, Sentara Healthcare, Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.