There will be a time when it can be made safe, but that time is not now. 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.
“Show me that you care enough about me and about you and about the people who live with you to stay home. Massage therapy cannot happen safely at this time in the COVID-19 trajectory in the U.S. No amount of PPE (whether professional-grade or homemade), disinfection, temperature-taking, or screening questions can make massage therapy safe right now. I am looking forward to working with you again when testing, tracing and quality PPE are standard trappings of daily life.” –Cal Cates, LMT
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.