The Chief Medical Officer of Health announced the end of most masking mandates effective 11 June 2022. While masking requirements are expiring, organizations may implement their own policies. Ontarians should continue to wear a mask if they feel it is right for them, are at high risk for severe illness, are recovering from COVID-19 (a mask is required in public for a minimum of 5 days after self-isolation has ended), or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
If you have any questions about my COVID-19 precautions, please email Kimberly@kindcactusmassage.com.
What is expected of you, the patient:
- Reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell, are currently positive for COVID-19 (a positive test within the last 10 days), or should be self-isolating based on the Government of Ontario’s self-assessment tool and/or guidance from a medical professional or your Public Health Unit.
- Wear a mask if you are required to do so based on the Government of Ontario’s guidelines following exposure to COVID-19.
- While not mandatory, I recommend my patients wear a mask during treatment as we are in close contact over an extended period of time. If you do not have a mask, one can be provided for you at the clinic at your request.
- I recommend you perform hand hygiene when you enter and leave the clinic using the hand sanitizer provided.
Here are some of the things I am doing in addition to my routine practices for health and safety:
- Screening patients and myself for COVID-19 before each appointment. Massage therapists are not allowed to provide treatment if they or their patient have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are supposed to be self-isolating at the time of their scheduled appointment. Using the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 screening tool is a simple way to collect the information needed to perform a risk assessment to determine if treatment can take place and what personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary.
- Wearing a mask and a clean gown for each appointment. I also wear a face shield when providing treatment.
- Running a HEPA filtering unit in the treatment room during all appointments.
- Regularly looking for updates from the Ministry of Health and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and updating procedures as needed as the pandemic continues to evolve.