At this time, I am continuing to postpone client scheduling for a few reasons:
+ In addition to my own chronic lung disease, many of my clients have one or more of the serious underlying medical conditions that might be at higher risk for severe illness resulting from COVID-19. (WHO, CDC, SoM)
+ I will be continually evaluating all of the ways that my work place, services, policies, and procedures need to be modified, based on additional measures required above and beyond the Universal Precautions and record-keeping standards that I currently follow.
+ I am not willing to experiment with the health and lives of my clients and myself, with a virus that we are still learning about. I’m taking slow, methodical, and educated steps to reopening my practice.
In the meantime, check out this Open Letter to Massage Therapy Consumers for a kindly worded and well written piece about WHY some of us continue to postpone client scheduling.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-114 opening massage therapy, esthetics, hair salons, barbershops, and nail professionals as of June 10, 2020, in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The rest of the state opens June 15, 2020. Guidelines are issued in section 11 of the Executive Order. Industry-specific guidelines and public health guidelines will be posted shortly.
Legislative Update from ABMP: Michigan COVID-19 State Update—June 1 update and clarification for massage therapists
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-69, closing businesses offering non-essential personal care services including hair, nail, massage, and traditional spa services through May 28, 2020. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-99, extending the stay at home order through June 19, 2020.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77, extending the stay at home order through May 28, 2020.
Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-67 and Executive Order 2020-68, clarifying that a state of emergency and disaster remain in effect across the state of Michigan through May 28, 2020. The governor will evaluate the continuing need for the orders prior to expiration, and terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat and danger has passed.
Executive Order 2020-59 extended Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order through May 15, 2020.
Legislative update from ABMP: Michigan COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists
Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42 on April 9, 2020, announcing the extension of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30, 2020. The order requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home.
Executive Order 2020-20 was issued, which states: “To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is reasonable and necessary to impose limited and temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.” The Executive Order clarified an earlier order that imposed such restrictions by clarifying which facilities are deemed “non-essential.” The order continues: “Beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., and continuing until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public … Non-essential personal care services, [including] hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services that require individuals to be within six feet of each other. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.”
Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios and spas all need to be shut down between March 16 and March 30.