COVID-19

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

  • PLEASE WEAR A MASK.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE, ONE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU.

  • HAND SANITIZER IS PROVIDED PRIOR TO SERVICE.  

  • YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER PRIOR TO SERVICES STATING THAT YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED SYMPTOMS OR BEEN EXPOSED TO ANYONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE.

  • IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK AT ALL OR FOR ANY REASON PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

I TAKE YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING VERY SERIOUSLY.  IT IS MY GOAL TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SAFE AND WORRY-FREE ENVIRONMENT. 

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PRIOR TO MAKING AN APPOINTMENT.

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 1 Work-Flow Guidance:

1. Clients must be scheduled by appointment only either online or by phone. No walk-in appointments.

 

2. Practitioners will manage one client at a time per practitioner. Clients should wait in their car until the business alerts them to enter, or until the exact time of their appointment. For multi-practice offices or clinics, stagger appointments to avoid overlap of waiting clients. Allow ample time between appointments for cleaning and disinfection, and to avoid even brief interaction between clients (e.g. avoid clients passing each other as one leaves and another enters the facility).

 

3. A maximum of no more than 10 total people at any one time (staff and clients combined) are allowed in the facility at any time (possibly fewer depending on the size of the facility and ability to maintain 6 feet of distance between people at all times), PLUS the number of clients should not exceed the number of staff performing massage or bodywork. For example, in a small facility with one staff member, the maximum number of people allowed in at any one time is two.

 

4. All social distancing rules apply at all times. Waiting area should be closed and clients should enter the facility and be brought to the service area at the appointed time.

 

5. Remove any unnecessary clutter or items. Cover any cloth or fabric items with non-permeable barriers that may come into client contact and would therefore need to be cleaned and disinfected.

 

6. Remove all product testers and samples.

 

7. No physical contact with clients that is not necessary to provide services (e.g. no shaking hands or hugging).

 

8. Create client signage informing about policies and procedures.

 

9. Clients must receive pre-visit telephone consultation within 24 hours prior to their appointment to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, recent travel, or close contact to any person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the prior 14 days. Standard screening questions are outlined above and in the Universal Guidelines; screening must be documented in chart notes.

 

10. At the time of client presentation, client should sign an informed consent (which can be added to the Health Intake form) about risks of infection. Client should also reattest that no new symptoms have developed and that no new travel or close contact to a person with COVID-19 has occurred in the interim since the pre-visit telephone screening.

 

11. Develop and implement a safety and cleaning/disinfection checklist, per guidelines, to be performed daily and in between clients.

 

Business Process Adaptations:

1. Mobile massage and on-site business massage is not permitted.

 

2. Home-based massage business are allowed only if there is a separate entrance and a designated bathroom and massage area separate from the rest of the home.

 

3. Online or by phone credit/debit card methods of payment are preferred.

 

4. For facilities that can treat multiple clients at once (by different staff), clients must be managed in separate areas with treatment tables set up in different rooms or at a least 6 feet or more apart so that each staff/client pair is always at least 6 feet from another staff/client pair.

 

5. Treatment table setup linens/bedding should be changed completely for each client. Use products with non permeable barriers to cover your table, table warmers, etc. (i.e. before placing linens on the table to facilitate cleaning and disinfection of the table when linens are removed and laundered). Put similar non permeable coverings on bolsters and pillows. Apply a ready-made face-cradle cover to your face cradle, and top it with a pillowcase, leaving a large hammock-type pocket underneath that could catch client aerosols when they are prone. Each client will receive a completely new table setup

 

6. Consider opening treatment room windows if feasible and weather permits to increase ventilation.

 

7. Hands, forearms, elbows and any other body part used in the treatment of clients MUST be cleaned and sanitized before and after bodywork for each client.

 

8. Practitioners must have a fresh top or apron to change into for each separate massage/bodywork session.

 

9. Clean and disinfect treatment room, treatment table, other used equipment, and common areas between each client. Cleaning and disinfection should follow CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting your facility, including the following: a. Use disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. Cleaning reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on a surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces. b. Use a hospital grade, EPA-approved disinfectant to disinfect anything the client came in contact with, including treatment table, face cradle, stool, bolsters, door knobs, side tables, chairs, etc. c. Hard (Non-Porous) Surfaces: If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, use EPA-approved disinfectants for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. d. Linens, Clothing, towels, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry: Clean and dirty linens will be stored in separate closed containers. Do not shake dirty laundry. Remove all linens, blankets, and table setups. Launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.

 

10. Repeat hand & arm washing protocol and reset the table and treatment space for each client after cleaning and disinfection.

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