This is a living document that will change if/when our governing body or Provincial Health guidelines change. This has been created based on the current guidelines forwarded by the Registered Massage Therapists Association of BC, the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the BC Provincial Health Officer. All patients must read, understand and agree to the current protocols as outlined here.
Returning to Safe Practice
The aim of these protocols is to reduce potential coronavirus transmission by:
1. Pre-Screening / Prior to Arrival
Patients will be informed of their responsibility to perform a self-assessment prior to their arrival for the appointment upon booking. Screening will take place two times prior to the appointment.
1. The day before the appointment
2. In the treatment room at your appointment time
Symptoms include: Fever , cough, chills , shortness of breath, sore throat or pain with swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite
***Covid-19 symptoms may range from mild to severe. Patients and practitioners MUST cancel appointments, regardless of the severity of any symptoms***
2. Physical Distancing Upon arrival at the clinic:
3. Hand Hygiene
In the reception area:
4. Face Touching and Covering Coughs and Sneezes
Tissues or paper towels are available throughout the clinic for staff and patients to use as a barrier for touching their faces (i.e. to scratch and itch)
5. Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
Additional time (minimum 20 minutes) has been scheduled between patients to allow for thorough cleaning of the treatment room. Practitioners will be trained in the sanitization processes.
A. Between every appointment use approved disinfectant in a spray bottle to spray clockwise from the door around the entire treatment room all touch surfaces, including:
B. Disinfecting of high touch areas in the common spaces on a schedule that will be posted in our staff room, including:
C. Launder all linens, blankets, and hand towels after every use. Contaminated linens can transmit disease via direct contact or by aerosols of contaminated lint generated during sorting, and handling of contaminated items.
6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
7. Professional Obligations
- All practitioners carry professional liability insurance.
- All practitioners follow the health and safety requirements as outlined by the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. and the B.C. Public Health Officer and sterilize all touched surfaces within the treatment room between appointments.
Other details to note at this time:
- We will not be heating pads during treatments as their covers cannot be disinfected.
- Generally we are not taking appointments for minors at this time. Exceptions may be made upon request for older minors and those with parents/guardians who are current existing clients.