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Information and measures for COVID-19

A word from the Réseau

~ Last update : May 12, 2022 – 9:45 am ~

Wearing a mask and social distancing measures

In the wake of the recent May 4th government communication regarding COVID-19, CNESST has announced new adjustments to workplace health measures (outside healthcare settings) which will be in place as of May 14, 2022. On the website, we can read that measures including the obligation to wear a quality mask (medical grade) as well as physical distancing (or physical barriers) will be abandoned on this date, but they remain recommended practices. Please note that on this date, health measures such as hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the exclusion from the workplace of symptomatic people and those who have tested positive will remain unchanged. Regarding the need for isolation and the specific measures that apply for positive cases and COVID-19 contacts, more information can be found here.

After verifying with CNESST, this loosening of restrictions does indeed apply to the massage therapy sector. Even if the wearing of a quality mask is not required, it remains recommended especially for tasks which require close contact during care, during interactions with individuals at risk, or in gatherings of workers. It is therefore up to each therapist to judge the level of risk in relation to the context, in order to adopt safe practices.

Notably, by virtue of management rights, an employer can require their workers to wear a quality mask in the workplace. For full details, please refer to the communication from CNESST.

These new measures apply in the majority of workplaces, whether that be a spa, a clinic, a commercial location, or a private residence. However, we would like to point out that it is possible that this loosening of restrictions may not apply if you work in a health care setting or a multidisciplinary clinic (e.g., a rehabilitation clinic). Please obtain more information from your employer in this regard.

In addition, according to the Quebec government’s website, clients will also not be obligated to wear a mask from May 14th. Mask-wearing will thus be at the discretion of the therapist and the client in most settings. We can read that « wearing a mask in several enclosed or partially enclosed public places will no longer be mandatory from May 14 at 12:01 a.m. On public transit and at healthcare facilities, the obligation is maintained. Wearing a mask remains recommended for vulnerable people and older adults. »

Other relevant link (french only):

INSPQ : Recommandations de mesures minimales à maintenir dans les milieux de travail, hors milieux de soins (COVID-19) : https://www.inspq.qc.ca/publications/3216-mesures-minimales-milieux-travail-hors-milieux-soins

If you have questions regarding health measures, please contact us by email at info@rmpq.ca or by phone at 1-800-461-1312, ext. 1420.

Capacity Limits

Personal care businesses are no longer required to limit their capacity, but must ensure that clients comply with the distancing measures.

Vaccination passport

According to current guidelines, the vaccination passport is still not required for massage therapy.

You will find all the information on the vaccination passport on the Quebec government website.

Self-isolation guidelines

Due to frequent changes in self-isolation guidelines and special cases depending on the condition of the person in contact with a COVID case, we invite you to consult the government website or to contact the CIUSSS in your region or the COVID hotline at 1-877-644-4545.

Instructions for people with COVID-19
Instructions for people who have been in contact with a case of COVID-19
Period of self-isolation – CNESST (in French only)

Massage and vaccination

It is normally recommended not to massage the limb where the person was vaccinated (most often the arm) for 24 to 48 hours after the vaccine. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, the same recommendations apply. If the person has symptoms following the vaccination, we recommend that you wait until they have disappeared before giving a massage. We remind you that it is important to maintain the sanitary measures in effect whether the client is vaccinated or not. For more information, we invite you to contact the regional public health department in your area or call the Info-COVID line at 1-877-644-4545.

Protocol for health standards in massage therapy

INSPQ interim recommendations

CNESST guides

Client statement

Resources

List of protective equipment suppliers

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