To prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and services, as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. In this order, healthcare professionals were restricted from providing anything other than emergency/urgent care. CMTO’s position was that RMTs should not practice because CMTO does not view the practice of Massage Therapy as emergency/urgent care.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 the Premier lengthened the timeframe of the non-essential business closure (from May 19, at 11:59 pm) to May 29 at 11:59 p.m. For more on the emergency order, including a list of all essential businesses, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website.
CMTO is currently working with other health regulators, the Government of Ontario, other Massage Therapy regulators in Canada and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario on developing evidence-informed guidelines to ensure the provision of safe care to clients as our healthcare system is allowed to reopen. These draft guidelines will be available shortly to help RMTs determine what is needed to protect themselves and their clients once they are able to resume Massage Therapy practice.