April 28, 2021: BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General used powers under a state of provincial emergency to restrict travel and to otherwise support the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CMTBC has updated the Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice (COVID-19) to reflect new measures. The mask order (November 2020) is also reflected in the April 28, 2021 update to the Interim Guidelines (previously addressed in FAQs but not in the Interim Guidelines).
RMTs should read the full content of updated sections of the Interim Guidelines (below).
November 4, 2020: CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for RMT practice in the pandemic environment are updated to clarify that pre-screening is an essential part of risk mitigation. Patients are asked by their RMT to complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool 24 to 48 hours prior to their massage therapy appointment, and respond appropriately if the self-assessment outcome instructs the patient to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate, and/or call 8-1-1, or take other action that indicates their health is at risk.
View useful summaries from the BC Government, BC’s response to COVID-19.
CMTBC, as the authority that regulates the massage therapy profession in British Columbia, has developed Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice as the “enhanced protocols” under which RMTs are permitted to practice in the context of COVID-19 in the community. RMTs have an ongoing duty to deliver care in a way that minimizes the risk of spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Interim Guidelines are based on the following principles:
RMTs must develop a safety plan for clinical practice that addresses the requirements set out below. Your plan must be communicated to patients, colleagues, and others who need to know the steps you are taking to minimize risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Your plan will:
These guidelines are called “Interim Guidelines” because they are updated as required, to reflect new guidance provided by relevant governmental authorities. CMTBC’s key touchpoints for guidance are:
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice were developed in consultation with Iridia Medical Inc. (team led by Dr. Allan Holmes, MD, FRCP), and a panel of RMTs. Iridia Medical continues to provide guidance and support as required with updates and revisions to the guidelines.
Please note that the Interim Guidelines contain links to resources on external websites which are frequently updated. If you encounter a broken link, please email [email protected] to advise CMTBC.
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines represent best practices that must be followed by RMTs to minimize risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Your professional judgment and choices will determine whether and how you implement additional measures specific to your practice setting, your professional insurance requirements, and your patients’ needs.
Provision of RMT services in the context of COVID-19 requires clear and thoughtful communication that is based on trust between an RMT and a patient.
PRE-SCREENING – PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL
RECEPTION / entry
THERAPISTS’ SHARED AREAS, multi-practitioner setting, e.g., kitchen, lockers, charting stations
WASHROOM FOR PATIENT USE
ELEVATORS/STAIRS/OTHER, IF USED TO ACCESS CLINIC
RECEPTION / ENTRY
IN THE TREATMENT ROOM
WASHROOM FOR PATIENT USE
ELEVATORS/STAIRS/OTHER IF USED TO ACCESS CLINIC
April 2021: RMTs and patients must wear masks in compliance with Ministerial Order and guidance provided by the Provincial Health Officer in November 2020.
RMTs should also consult the following:
CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice were developed in consultation with Iridia Medical Inc. (team led by Dr. Allan Holmes, MD, FRCP), and a panel of RMTs.
Please note that CMTBC’s Interim Guidelines contain many links to resources on external websites which are frequently updated. If you encounter a broken link, please email [email protected] to advise CMTBC.