[Updated May 15th, 2020]
We will be opening up Tuesday, May 19th!
Here is our policy to help keep you safe. This page may be updated at any time, please check back regularly.
1. Self-assess for symptoms and return when healthy: For clients, RMTs, and clinic staff
- One day prior to your appointment, please fill out the self-assessment at BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment. Please stay home if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of sense of smell. If patients are experiencing these symptoms and have not been tested for COVID-19, you should recommend that they do so; they start by calling 8-1-1.
- Please be advised of our provisions for personal protective equipment (PPE, see below), and your rationale. If you have a mask, please bring it with you and wear it when they arrive.
- RMT and clinic staff must use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool daily and stay home/cancel appointments if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Our clients at greater risk: We will take additional precautions for you
- First client of the day or extended time in between clients
- Rescheduling and cancellations if you feel sick or other concerns for your safety
- If you don’t feel you need a massage, don’t get one at this time. The benefits of massage must out way the risks of it.
- Our cancellation policy will be waived, we ask that you respect our time and let us know as soon as you do
2. Physical Distancing
- RMT and patient will maintain 2 metres / 6 feet of distance in clinic areas other than the treatment room, as best as possible within the practice setting.
- The client is required to wait outside (in their car, or an area suggested by RMT) and not in reception – call or text when it’s time to enter.
- TREATMENT ROOM
- It is not possible to maintain physical distancing in the treatment room.
- Pre-screening, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning help reduce the risk of transmission and enable the return to practice while minimizing the risk of harm
- WASHROOM FOR CLIENT USE
- We are not able to physically distance or take the suggested recommendations from CMTBC as our hallway is too narrow. There will appropriate soap and hygiene sanitation. This is a shared space of other businesses and people. Please try to go to the washroom prior to your session
- TREATMENT ROOM
3. Hand Hygiene
- Washes hands upon entry with soap and water for at least 20 or a sanitation station with alcohol-based hand rubs for patient’s use on arrival and prior to departure.
- Your RMT will wash hands often, using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds each time.
- IN THE TREATMENT ROOM
- RMT will open the door to the treatment room and allows patient to enter; RMT opens/closes the door before, during, and after treatment as required, using hand towel/sanitized barrier as needed, and washing hands as appropriate.
4. Face Touching Avoidance – e.g., avoid touching eyes, mouth, nose
- Share information about the reason for ‘no face touching’; coronavirus can be spread by touch if a person has used their hand/s to cover a cough or a sneeze.
- Suggest clients use a tissue if an itch must be addressed.
- Tissues will be provided in the treatment room
- Masks will be available for you and the RMT and can be useful to avoid touching your face
5. Enhanced Cleaning
- Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in between patients, regardless of appearance.
- Linens (including blankets) must be single-use only, then laundered in hot soapy water.
- Frequently clean and disinfect common areas and high touch surfaces, at least twice a day, e.g. light switches, window coverings, cell phones, tablets, chairs, stools, table surfaces.
- Frequently clean and disinfect (at least three times per day, more if possible):
- handles doors, cabinets, faucets, fridge, microwave, etc.
- electronic device keyboards and mice,
- armrests of chairs,
- desk and table surfaces,
- Additional time between clients to thoroughly clean the treatment room.
- Sanitize the treatment table and table adjustment levers after each treatment.
6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- There will be paper/disposable (surgical) masks available for your use if requested, and for the RMT’s use, if requested. Cloth masks are on the way and will be used after every use.
- We respect your individual personal boundaries and support your requests for PPE to be worn by either you or your RMT – please let us know.
- Our RMT will gladly wear a mask and gloves if requested.
- PPE is unlikely to play a significant role in return to practice. BC’s Ministry of Health (MOH) presented an image of an “inverted pyramid” of the hierarchy of controls, which places PPE at the bottom in terms of importance. (See the Hierarchy of Controls on page 25 https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Covid-19_May4_PPP.pdf ).
- We will be focusing on other BC Health Recommendations that are higher in terms of importance (read above for more details). We will use masks when they are indicated for portions of the treatment where it becomes more difficult to abide by the other recommendations (ie. face to face therapy).