COVID Update: February 2021
A registered Massage Therapist can make a professional decision based on the COVID screening answers and possible follow up questions to refuse/post pone treatment or proceed.
At this time there shall be no changes to the PPE requirements for RMTs in any areas. We do however highly recommend that all Therapists take time to review the guidelines and ensure all measures are being followed. As the CMTNL has outlined more than one option for Therapists in regard to PPE each Therapists needs to evaluate and decide which phase is best for them, their business and clients.
For example, an RMT treating in a COVID hotspot area may choose to treat according to Phase 1 or in phase 2 with all recommendations in place. We trust Therapists to use their professional judgement in making these decisions.
The use of the 2-3 ply medical masks by all RMTs will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Clients should be encouraged to wear the recommended 3 layer non-medical masks. Ensure your client and you are wearing and handling masks properly at all times.
The CMTNL will follow and implement all government guidelines for shutdowns/ business closures. We support any RMT who feels that the risk of COVID in their area is too high to continue working. We will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary changes in a timely manner.
We all must do our part and due diligence to protect ourselves, our families, our clients and our communities. As health professionals we are held to a higher standard of care.
“the investigation or exercise of care that a reasonable business or person is normally expected to take before entering into an agreement or contract with another party or an act with a certain standard of care.”
CMTNL Board and COVID Committee