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Information and measures for COVID-19

A word from the Réseau

~ Last update : January 20, 2021 10:30am ~

Massage therapy remains open!

According to information released at a press briefing on Wednesday January 6, massage therapy, kinesitherapy and orthotherapy services are being maintained.

Curfew details

According to the official government decree issued at the end of the day on January 8 and information available on the government website, massage therapy, kinesitherapy and orthotherapy activities are not prohibited after the curfew. In addition, the public health department confirmed by email that massage therapy, kinesitherapy and orthotherapy services could continue to be offered after 8:00 pm. However, the government relies on the professional judgment of health care providers to minimize travel after 8:00 p.m. We therefore recommend that you adjust your schedule, if possible, to respect the curfew.

As stated on the government’s website, “between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel.” Persons outside their place of residence will be required to provide legitimate evidence. If you need to travel after 8:00 p.m. for work, you can download your membership card or letter of confirmation for member in good standing to show that you are a professional providing health care. You will find these documents in your member space in “My Account”. The government has also made available to employers a form for you to fill out that you can download here (automatic download – Word document in French only).

Clients who travel after 8:00 p.m. could also have to justify their presence outside their home to the authorities. An appointment confirmation, an insurance receipt or an invoice (including the client’s name, time and date of the appointment) could be acceptable as legitimate evidence. It is the police that will determine the validity of proof presented by a person who is out of the home between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. As a result, the Réseau cannot guarantee that evidence provided to law enforcement authorities will be reliably accepted.

We are privileged to have been included in health care services under the current situation. We would like to reiterate the importance of being prudent and responsible and contributing positively to the public health measures put in place by the government. We also remind you to continue to rigorously apply the health measures for Private Practice Therapeutic Care.

If you have any questions related to this announcement, we invite you to contact us by email at info@rmpq.ca, by chat or by phone at 1-800-461-1312 ext. 1420.

The Réseau team thanks you for your trust and collaboration!

Confirmation of continuation of spa massage therapy services

We have finally received confirmation that spa massage therapy services can continue during the holiday break announced by the government. This makes official the information we sent you earlier this week. The Public Health authorities confirms that “Therapeutic care services are not affected by the announced closure beginning December 25. These services include massage therapy. These services may be offered in offices located in a spa-type facility. However, other personal care and esthetic services at the spa may not be available.”* You can consult the latest government decree (in French only) that specifies the activities that must cease during this period.

In addition, the Quebec Spa Association has also informed us that it has obtained official confirmation and has forwarded the information to its members.

*Free translation by the Réseau

Massage therapy added to the list of health care services on Quebec.ca

Due to the confusion generated by the December 15 press conference announcement regarding massage therapy, the Réseau has asked the government to specifically add massage therapists to the list of health care services that appears on the Quebec.ca website and that can continue their activities during the period from December 25 to January 10 inclusively. We were pleased to see that this addition has been made and that massage therapists are now appointed.

Sale of products during the period from December 25 to January 10 inclusively

Please note that the sale of products to your clients will not be permitted during the holiday break period. This directive is the result of the government’s decision to only allow businesses to sell products identified as essential during this period.

Massage Therapy in Level 4 - Maximum Alert

Health and professional services in private practice may remain open for services that require an individual’s presence. Massage therapy is therefore still permitted. We remind you that massage therapy, kinesitherapy or orthotherapy must always be carried out in compliance with the interim recommendations of public health, the CNESST guide and the protocol of health standards.

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Can I receive my clients if my clinic is located in my home?
Yes, the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has confirmed that massages from a private practice located in the home are permitted.
Can I go to my clients’ homes?
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has confirmed that massages in the client’s home are permitted.
Can I continue to work in a spa?
Yes, massage therapy is maintained even if the spas and saunas are closed.
Can I continue to work in a gym or recreation center (e.g. yoga studio)?
Massage therapy is maintained in the red zones. However, we invite you to check with your owner regarding the accessibility of your local.

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If you have any further questions, we invite you to contact us by phone at 1-800-461-1312 ext. 1420, by email at info@rmpq.ca or by chat. You can also contact us through our Facebook page and join the private group reserved exclusively for our members.

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As the situation is changing rapidly, we invite you to regularly consult the government website for the most up-to-date information. You can consult the links below to find out which tier is associated with your region.

Progressive regional alert and intervention system (COVID-19)
Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region

Self-isolation instructions to follow

The Réseau team regularly receives questions related to the self-isolation instructions to be followed. As a therapist, you must take the necessary steps if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting testing or have been in contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
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Since isolation instructions may vary depending on the epidemiological investigation carried out by public health, we invite you to follow the recommendations issued by the person following up on your file or to communicate directly with the COVID line at 1 877 644-4545.

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You can also use the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool to get a recommendation on how to proceed or consult the self-isolation instructions.

Protocol for health standards in massage therapy

INSPQ interim recommendations

CNESST guides

Client statement

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