Updated: Mar 23, 2020
Chief Medical Officer of Health – Directive for Healthcare Providers
On March 16, 2020, our regulatory body, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) strongly recommended that Massage Therapists shut down our clinics. Yesterday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a formal directive to healthcare providers pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act ordering that all non-essential and elective services be ceased or reduced to minimal levels until further notice, Given the increased risk of contracting and transmitting Covid-19, a potentially life threatening virus, I made the painful decision to shut down my clinic until the government says it is again safe to provide massage therapy. All March appointments were rescheduled to April. For those of you who have upcoming appointments in April I will be calling you closer to your appointment time to either confirm your appointments or reschedule depending on if the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario directive is still in force.
What is Essential Massage Treatment
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario defines essential massage treatment as "the rare case where the client’s health or function would considerably decline if treatment were not provided. The Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario has directed that the only allowable exceptions are for time sensitive circumstances to avert or avoid negative client outcomes or situations that would have a direct impact on the safety of clients." If you feel that this circumstance applies to you, please call me at (905) 616-7588 to discuss if I can safely provide you with massage treatment.
When is it not safe to have a massage even if it is Essential Massage Treatment
If you do need essential massage treatment, I will call you before your appointment to ask you if in the last 14 days you have had:
- fever (over 38 degrees Celcius)
- runny nose