March 21, 2020
In her news briefing on March 21, 2020, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, ordered that personal services businesses involving close physical contact must close effective immediately.
CMTBC immediately sought clarification as to whether this order applied to CMTBC registrants.
Dr. Henry clarified directly to CMTBC that her order applies to “RMTs working in the community”. Effectively, that means all BC RMTs must immediately cease practice as of today, March 21, 2020. Any upcoming appointments must be cancelled, and no massage therapy treatment can be delivered until further notice.
RMTs are encouraged to communicate this order to any and all fellow registrants with whom they are in contact.
CMTBC will continue to monitor this situation and will issue further communications as needed. CMTBC continues to operate and will respond to incoming communications as best it can. We appreciate your patience and ask if possible that you contact us by email rather than phone: this enables us to respond more efficiently as staff are working remotely at this time.
This communication is being kept brief due to its urgency. CMTBC expects to issue further communications in the coming week.