Click on this COVID-19 banner to see an important November 20, 2020 CAMTC Advisory (Bulletin #43).

 


Click here for the current update on massage opening in California

 

11/20/2020  LA County Coronavirus Briefing for This Holiday Week

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #43

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a tele-briefing for Personal Care Services this Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, will be on the line to answer questions as a subject matter expert.
 
You don’t have to live or work in Los Angeles County in order to join this call.

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11/18/2020  CAMTC's County Massage Map is Current

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #42

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map is up-to-date and can be accessed at https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/. As CAMTC announced four weeks ago, on October 20, 2020, the State changed the rules for massage therapy and what is allowed under each tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 
 
As of October 20, 2020, the State has been allowing massage therapy to take place indoors, with modifications, in ALL four tiers, even the purple, “Widespread” tier at:
 
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-September_2020.pdf
 
You can confirm this information and check the State’s status of your county by going here and picking “massage therapy studios” from the drop-down list at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/#track-data.
 
Please note, as always, counties have the authority to impose stricter requirements than the State, so please be sure to check with your county about what they authorize.
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Team CAMTC

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10/27/2020  Massage Therapist Invite — LA County Briefing

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #41

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a tele-briefing for Personal Care Services this Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, will be on the line to answer questions as a subject matter expert.
 
You don’t have to live or work in Los Angeles County in order to join this call.

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10/23/2020  Statewide Milestone — LA County Reopening Massage

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #40

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
Today an important milestone was reached. With LA County’s announcement that massage may now take place indoors with modifications, massage is now allowed to occur indoors with modifications in EVERY county in California! 
 
Please check CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map for links to online information in your county.   
 
https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ 
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy! 

Team CAMTC

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10/21/2020  Massage Reopens — New Guidance & Updated County Map

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #39

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

On October 20, 2020, the State changed its Blueprint for a Safer Economy Activity and Business Tiers, which can be found here:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-September_2020.pdf  

These changes allow massage to operate indoors, with modifications, no matter what tier a county is placed into. However, counties may impose stricter restrictions than the State, therefore make sure to check with your county for their local restrictions on massage operations.  

CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map can also be found here:  

https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ 

The State also released an updated Guidance for Personal Care Services document, which may be found here:  

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-expanded-personal-care-services--en.pdf

Take care and stay healthy!

Team CAMTC

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10/14/2020  County Massage Reopening Map — Wednesday Weekly Updates

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #38

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map was just updated!

Our County Massage Reopening Map is generally updated no later than Wednesday every week, as the State updates its Blueprint for a Safer Economy with each county's status every Tuesday. So make it a weekly habit to check CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map every Wednesday.  
 
Click here for the most up-to-date massage reopening status information:

            https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/

Take care and stay healthy!

Team CAMTC

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10/09/2020  Counties Reopening & Medical Massage

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #37

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

Did you know that as of today, 42 counties in California allow massage to occur indoors, with modifications? In the other 16 counties massage can still take place outdoors, with modifications. Please see CAMTC’s interactive County Massage Reopening Map to view see the status of your county, and other useful information specifically related to massage, at:  

https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/

Additionally, in all counties in California medical massage may take place indoors, unless prohibited by the county. Medical massage has been defined by the State as massage performed pursuant to a referral from a Physician or Chiropractor.  

Recently the California Department of Public Health, Essential Services Inquiries clarified the definition of medical massage by stating the following: "Medical Massage is massage that is done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor. Medical Massage can be done indoors as it is considered essential as healthcare and therefore not under personal services. There is no requirement that it be in a medical office, only that it be done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor.”

If you need further clarification as to what qualifies as “medical massage,” please send those inquiries to:  EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov

We hope you find this new information useful.  

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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09/24/2020  Status of Massage Reopening

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #36

The current status of massage is constantly evolving. Every Tuesday at noon the State updates county statuses in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which may mean a change in the status of massage. Currently, 32 out of the 58 counties allow all types of massage to occur indoors, with modifications. In all other counties massage is allowed to occur outdoors, with modifications. Please go here to see the current status of your county:  https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/
 
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health’s Essential Services Inquiries stated that medical massage (massage done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor) is permitted by the State to take place indoors in every county as an essential service, as long as the county has not banned indoor medical massage from occurring. Please check with your local county to confirm what is currently allowed.
 
For those providing services in LA County please note that the county has recently confirmed that  only physician ordered massage is allowed to be conducted indoors as long as the same protective measures described in the County’s protocol for personal care services that are conducted in outdoor spaces are adhered to. In all cases, massage may occur outdoors in LA county with modifications. Please see the new guidance here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_PersonalCare.pdf.
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Team CAMTC

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09/11/2020  LA County Coronavirus Update Friday September 11th

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #35

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
We just received the attached notice from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
 
They are having a tele-briefing for Personal Care Services today at 4:00pm for those services that are still prohibited for indoor operations and requested CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, be on the line to answer questions as a subject matter expert.
 
You don’t have to live or work in Los Angeles County in order to join this call.

 

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09/03/2020  New Massage Status of Counties

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #34

Dear Certificate Holder:
 
Did you know that massage professionals are currently allowed to practice in 57 of the 58 counties in California? Some counties allow massage to occur indoors with modifications, some counties allow massage to occur only outdoors with modifications, but nearly every county in California is now open for massage. Please go here to see the current status of your county:  https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/
 
Additionally, recently the California Department of Public Health’s Essential Services Inquiries stated that medical massage (massage done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor) is permitted by the State to take place indoors in every county as an essential service, as long as the county has not banned indoor medical massage from occurring. Please check with your local county to confirm what is currently allowed.
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Team CAMTC

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08/26/2020  Medical Massage as an Essential Service

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #33

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
CAMTC was recently informed that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has broadened the definition of ”medical" massage services. While the State previously stated that massage was allowed as an essential service only for those “working for a physician or chiropractor,” they have now expanded that definition. 

According to communications from the CDPH, Essential Services Inquiries: “Medical massage (massage done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor) is permitted indoors at this time. Therapeutic massage is not permitted indoors in counties on the monitoring list for three consecutive days where personal services are not permitted.” Additionally, the State further clarified this statement by stating that: "Medical massage (based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor) is permitted indoors, even if the county is on the monitoring list,” and that “medical massage is considered an essential service.”

If you need further clarification as to what qualifies as “medical massage,” please send those inquiries to:  EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov

Since counties can impose stricter requirements than the State, please check with your county to see your local requirements. County specific links may be found by going to: https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ and clicking on your specific county.
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy,
 
Team CAMTC

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08/10/2020 LA County Coronavirus Update Thursday August 13th

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #32

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

An important Coronavirus Update Telebriefing will be held Thursday August 13, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On the request of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CAMTC's CEO, Ahmos Netanel, or a CAMTC Representative will assist with the Coronavirus telebriefing as a Subject Matter Expert.

Even though it's hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, you do not need to be in Los Angeles to ask questions and to benefit from this event.

Briefing Invitation

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07/31/2020 In Today's New York Times

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #31

July 31, 2020

How Massage Therapists in California Are Adapting to the Pandemic

By Marie Tae McDermott

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/us/essential-workers-massage-therapists.html?searchResultPosition=1

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07/24/2020 LA County Coronavirus Update Wednesday July 29th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #30

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

An important Coronavirus Update Telebriefing will be held Wednesday July 29, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On the request of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, will assist with the Coronavirus telebriefing as a Subject Matter Expert.

Even though it's hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, you do not need to be in Los Angeles to ask questions and to benefit from this event.

Briefing Invitation

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07/21/2020 Outdoor Service Guidance for Massage - July 20, 2020

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #29

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
On July 20, 2020, the California Department of Public Health released a new guidance document related to the provision of personal care services provided outdoors. This new guidance document is meant for use in those counties where personal care services have been limited to outdoors only. That document can be found here: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-personal-care--en.pdf.
 
As always, please check with your county for what they currently allow, and any local guidance they may have on these matters.
 
CAMTC’s interactive map with links to county information may be found here: https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/.
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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07/13/2020 Massage Closures

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #28

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

The Governor announced that as of today, July 13, 2020, identified counties (representing approximately 75% of the population in California) must shut down specified industries, including massage and other personal care services, unless they can be modified to operate outside. Please see detailed information from the State on this issue, which can be found here:  https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.

You can also check the status of your county by going to CAMTC’s interactive map, which can be found here:  https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/.

Please note that while the State has stated that the specified industries (including personal care services) can operate as long as they can be modified to operate outside, providing massage outside is only permitted as long as it does not conflict with local county and city laws, rules, and regulations. 

Stay safe and be healthy,

Team CAMTC

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07/03/2020 LA County Coronavirus Update: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #27

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

On the request of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, will assist with the Coronavirus telebriefing as a Subject Matter Expert.

Even though it's hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, you do not need to be in Los Angeles to ask questions and to benefit from this event.

 

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07/02/2020  Listen to The CAMTC Online Informational Forum Podcast

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #26

Listen to The CAMTC Online Informational
Forum Podcast – Coping with COVID-19

Click on the headline above to listen to the recordings of the event and to view the Program Announcement.

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06/25/2020  Interactive County Massage Reopening Map

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #25

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

Across the State of California, most counties have allowed massage to reopen in line with the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Expanded Personal Care Services for counties with attestations. Many counties have also created (or are in the process of creating) local guidelines that must be adhered to. 
 
To support you during this transition, CAMTC has created a designated webpage entitled: County Massage Reopening Map. This interactive map provides web-links that are specific to massage reopening in each county, when available. Each county’s listing will, at a minimum, provide local contact information related to COVID-19 issues, such as: websites; email addresses; and phone numbers to further answer questions regarding local concerns. 
 
You can access CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map at:  https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ anytime, 24/7. Click on the Map or select from the drop-down menu to view county-specific information. As information becomes available, links on the Map will be added to include additional county-specific information. Scroll down below the Map for general information and updates. Be sure to check back frequently. 
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy! 
 
Team CAMTC

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06/21/2020  Online Informational Forum Podcast

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #24

Protecting the Public
Elevating the Profession

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE
INFORMATIONAL FORUM PODCAST

ON THE MASSAGE PROFESSION IN CALIFORNIA
ENDURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC EMERGENCY

Moderated by
Jeff Forman Ph.D., CAMTC Chairman & Ahmos Netanel CAMTC CEO

THE PODCAST WILL BE POSTED ON WWW.CAMTC.ORG THURSDAY, JULY 2nd

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

We invite you to join CAMTC Chairman Jeff Forman Ph.D. and CAMTC CEO Ahmos Netanel for an informational forum podcast on massage issues in California during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. With massage professionals experiencing tremendous challenges, it is imperative for you to have the most up-to-date information. An exceptionally knowledgeable panel of experts will join the discussion of this CAMTC hosted event.

You can listen to the podcast at www.camtc.org
any time starting Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

We encourage your participation by emailing any questions you may have to forum@camtc.org by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25th. We will do our best to answer all emailed questions during the Forum. For questions not addressed during the Forum, you will receive contact information of entities that may be able to assist you directly.

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED BY OUR PANELISTS

MODERATORS
Jeff Forman Ph.D. BCTMB, CMT created the first Massage Therapy training programs and AA Degree in the California Community Colleges system. In 2014 he was appointed to CAMTC’s Board and in 2019 was elected Chairman. Jeff continues his career as a speaker, author and consultant.

Ahmos Netanel became a massage therapist 40 years ago and dedicated his life to elevating the professional standing of massage therapists in California. In 1987, as a massage association president, he was instrumental in initiating a California state law that serves the profession and the public alike. In 2010, he was appointed as CAMTC’s CEO.

THE COUNTIES: THE POWER TO ENFORCE
Mike Callagy is County Manager of the County of San Mateo. Mike oversees the efficient running of daily County operations and carries out policies established by the Board of Supervisors. He has more than 35 years of public sector service experience.

THE NEW WORLD OF HEALING ARTS AND PERSONAL SERVICE
Ruth Werner, BCTMB is a former massage therapist, a writer and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She is the author of “A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology,” which is used in massage schools worldwide.
Dr. Michael Mina is a physician-scientist and professor of epidemiology, immunology, and pathology at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mina has been at the forefront of testing for COVID-19, as well as using testing and epidemic control strategies throughout this outbreak. He has advised international, as well as national and state level governments, since the virus emerged as a global threat.

MASSAGE INDUSTRY
Diane Hubner has more than 44 years of experience helping people achieve optimum health and wellbeing through massage, reflexology, mindfulness meditation and life coaching. She created Body Energizers in 1987 to specifically work with the Entertainment Industry.
Andrew Garsten is a Massage Envy Franchisee in Glendale and a Massage Envy Regional Developer for Los Angeles since 2004. Andrew is also President of the Massage Envy California Franchise Association (MECAFA), representing over 140 California locations.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS: HOW AND WHEN TO REOPEN
Tim Veitzer is the President and Co-Owner of National Holistic Institute (NHI). Founded in 1979, NHI is the first accredited and largest massage therapy school in California with 10 locations throughout the State.
Kathleen Mickey is the owner, director and lead instructor of the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute since 1989, while maintaining a private bodywork practice. She also serves as a member of the CAMTC Schools Advisory Committee.

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS
David Silberman is Chief Deputy County Counsel for San Mateo County. He manages litigation, environmental, law enforcement and public protection teams. Has worked in Environmental Health for five years in multiple programs, including Massage and Body Art.
Han Phan, REHS is Senior Environmental Health Inspector of Massage & Body Art and Piercing Programs for San Francisco Department of Public Health.
David Chun is the Chief Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) for the Consultative Services Program within the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health (DPH-EH).

LIABILITY IN MASSAGE
Alison Siegel has been the Special Counsel in charge of denial and disciplinary process for CAMTC for the past 10 years. She has represented clients on administrative law matters for the past 22 years
Michael Schroeder is Founder and Chairman of American Massage Council, through which over 100,000 massage therapists receive malpractice insurance. Since 1987 he supported the massage profession as an attorney and in 2000 he co-founded Massage Today.
Bill Armour is the owner and founder of Burke Williams Spas and a pioneer of the urban day spa industry. From a single location in 1986, to eleven locations today, he employs nearly 1000 CAMTC Certified Massage Therapists.

We sincerely hope you will listen in to our timely and informative COVID-19 forum and how this pandemic threat is impacting massage therapists, clients and communities as a whole.

Thank you!

Team CAMTC

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06/19/2020  Massage During COVID-19

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #23

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

As of today, massage therapy is once again allowed to take place in California in many jurisdictions. In response to the reopening, CAMTC is sharing with you some resources about providing massage during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you find this information helpful and will give it thoughtful consideration.  
 
Massage Magazine’s article titled: "Massage and Blood Clots: What We Know (So Far) about DVT & COVID-19,” which can be found here:  

https://www.massagemag.com/massage-and-blood-clots-what-we-know-so-far-about-dvt-and-covid-19-123826/

And CAMTC’S Suggested COVID-19 Client Intake Questions included below.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Joe Bob Smith 
Director, Educational Standards Division

Suggested COVID-19 Intake Questions – June 19, 2020

As massage therapy “reopens” in California, the current COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of a proper client intake in identifying possible pathologies. CAMTC encourages Certificate Holders to include the below questions, which can be printed and saved at https://www.camtc.org/media/1874/camtc-suggested-covid-19-intake-questions.pdf for reference, as part of their regular client intake process. These questions are meant to help massage therapists:

1. Assess and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 by identifying potentially communicable clients, and

2. Best serve COVID-19 survivors who may suffer from a wide variety of complications including, but not limited to, blood clotting, renal failure, arrhythmia, seizures, chronic headaches, fatigue, and muscle damage.

When working with clients during these uncertain times, CAMTC encourages Certificate Holders to proceed more cautiously than normal. Asking proper questions helps massage therapists to make clinical decisions that maximize benefits while minimizing risks.

Suggested COVID-19 Intake Questions

1. Have you been tested for COVID-19? If so, when? What was the result?

2. In the last 14 days:

a. Have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has had coronavirus-type symptoms?

b. Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a doctor or local public health official?

c. Have you been somewhere with a high infection rate?

3. Do you now, or have you recently experienced any of the following as a NEW PATTERN since the beginning of the pandemic:

a. Fever

b. Chills

c. Shortness of Breath

d. Cough

e. Sore Throat

f. Nasal, sinus congestion

g. Loss of sense of taste or smell

h. Persistent Chest Pain or Pressure

i. Diarrhea, digestive upset

j. Skin marks, lesions, or rashes (especially on the feet)

k. Fatigue

l. Sudden onset of muscle soreness (not related to a specific activity)

m. Discomfort with exertion or exercise

4. If you tested positive for COVID-19 or believe you may have had COVID-19 but were not tested:

a. Has your medical doctor cleared you to return to work or to end self-isolation?

b. Has your medical doctor advised you to return to normal activity levels?

c. Describe your daily physical activity?

d. Are you taking any drugs to manage blood clotting?

e. What other long-term, post-infection complications continue to affect your life?

CAMTC provides the above questions merely as a suggestion for possible additional questions that CAMTC Certificate Holders might want to add to their client intake process. By providing these questions, CAMTC makes no promises, warranties, or guarantees of any kind whatsoever. CAMTC Certificate Holders must use their own judgment in making the determination of whether to provide massage to a specific client or not.

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06/15/2020  Counties' Authority

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #22

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

To clarify: The State has authorized counties to allow massage to resume starting on June 19, 2020. This means the decision of exactly when massage can resume is now up to each individual county. As this is a county by county decision, each county may have their own specific reopening protocols. Therefore, in addition to following the State Guidance, you must also follow your county's reopening protocols.  

Please note that CAMTC cannot answer questions about:

When massage can reopen in any specific county

County-specific reopening protocols for massage

Guidance for massage in healthcare settings

Outcall massage services

We cannot provide clarifications as to these issues since CAMTC has no authority over these matters. Please contact your county health department for this information.

For contact information of California Counties, please click the link below to select a county in order to contact that county. Check regularly with your county for updates, as many counties have not addressed personal care services yet.

Take Care and Stay Healthy,

Team CAMTC

 

Links to guidance and guidelines may be found here:

COVID-19 Industry Guidance:Expanded Personal Care Services

Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations

 

Links to county websites, etc. may be found here:

https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400​​

https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

(650) 573-2222

For inquiries on when a health order will include massage, go to:

https://www.smchealth.org/health-officer-orders-and-statements

 

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06/13/2020  New State Guidelines & Counties' Authority

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #21

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

On June 12, 2020, the California Department of Public Health released the COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Expanded Personal Care Services for counties with attestations, which includes personal care that requires touching a client. This guidance applies to massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings) and includes stringent protections "intended to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers." For example, workers and customers at massage businesses must wear face coverings.

This guidance is instructive on how massage providers should operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, to reduce the risk of transmission. Local health officials get to decide when massage therapy can resume operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing.

Please see the links for each county, at the end of this message.

The health and safety of CAMTC Certificate Holders and their clients continues to be of the utmost importance to all of us. So while you MUST follow the health and safety guidance provided by the State and your local jurisdiction, we also urge you to consider following even stricter protocols during this unprecedented time, some of which may be found in the Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations provided by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)Please note that these guidelines were created by FSMTB, not CAMTC, and you are not required to comply with them; they are merely provided here as an additional resource.

Be Well, Stay Safe, and Remain Informed.

Ahmos Netanel

CAMTC CEO

 

Links to county websites, etc. may be found here:

 

https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400​​

https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

(650) 573-2222

For inquiries on when a health order will include massage, go to:

https://www.smchealth.org/health-officer-orders-and-statements

 

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06/11/2020  Massage Reopening

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #20

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

CAMTC has just received notice that the California Department of Public Health will be releasing guidelines for reopening massage therapy on June 12, 2020, with a recommended implementation date of no earlier than June 19, 2020. As soon as the guidelines become available, they will be immediately posted on the CAMTC’s website. 

Please note that local county health and safety guidelines must also be followed, which means if your local county does not allow massage to occur, massage may still not be authorized to take place in your local jurisdiction. This is because while the State is generally allowing massage to occur, it has also acknowledged that cities and counties have the authority to impose stricter restrictions than the State. Your county may also impose additional restrictions above and beyond what is required by the State.

The health and safety of CAMTC Certified Massage Therapists and their clients continues to be of the utmost importance to all of us. So while you MUST follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the State and your local jurisdiction, we also urge you to consider following even stricter protocols during this unprecedented time. For some suggestions of recommendations for additional massage specific requirements, please see these guidelines provided by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards: Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 ConsiderationsPlease note that these guidelines were created by FSMTB, not CAMTC, and you are not required to comply with them; they are merely provided here as an additional resource.

Please remember that there are many serious questions and unknowns related to COVID-19. The safety of your clients, your employees and yourself must remain paramount.  

Be well, stay safe, and remain informed.

Ahmos Netanel
CAMTC CEO

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06/10/2020  Our latest letter to the Governor 

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #19

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,
 
CAMTC has proactively reached out to Governor Newsom's administration since April and has been in ongoing communications with the State.
 
Today, in addition to writing Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of California Department of Public Health, CAMTC's CEO sent another letter of deep concern to the Governor. Click here to read the letter.
 
We will continue to follow up with the Administration.  
 
To keep you informed, we review and update our website daily. We encourage you to stay current with any developments by frequently visiting camtc.org.  

Thank you,

Team CAMTC

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05/29/2020  Massage Therapy and the State of California

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #18
 
Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
The information being shared on the status of our profession can be confusing as the continuing impacts of COVID-19 and the reopening of California merge.

CAMTC has been listening closely to the Governor and his Administration to seek their best guidance as to the safe opening of massage therapy. Our report yesterday was an accurate reflection of the information we received from the Administration.

Today, however, we received an additional communication from the Director of the Department of Health Care Services:
 
“I apologize but my answer was premature, and any decision about broader availability of massage therapy is a decision that should come from the California Department of Public Health and local health departments. So please wait for direction from CDPH and local health departments. I am sorry for any confusion my answer has caused. Thank you.”

The up-to-date reality is that the State is not yet giving counties permission for massage therapists to generally provide services in California.  
 
Be Safe and Be Well,
 
Jeff Forman, Ph.D.                      
CAMTC Board Chair                    

Ahmos Netanel
CAMTC CEO

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05/28/2020 Newsom Administration's Advice to CAMTC

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #17
 
Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:
 
CAMTC has been closely monitoring and reaching out to the Governor and the Administration for updates on the Stay in Place Order and where massage fits into the phases of reopening. Today, May 28, 2020, CAMTC received a message from the California Director of the Department of Health Care Services stating the following: 
 
Although massage therapy has not been addressed specifically in State level announcements, the parallel with hair salons and barber shops that are providing one-on-one care for individuals seems appropriate. The precautions that were outlined regarding screening clients for illness, use of masks/face coverings by the massage therapist and client, staggering appointments so there is not contact between clients, etc. should be followed. Exceptions may be made by local health departments. 
 
The State administration is therefore allowing massage to take place in the State, but the State guidelines for hair salons MUST be followed. Those guidelines can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf. Additionally, local county health and safety guidelines must also be followed, which means if your local county does not allow massage to occur, massage may still not be authorized to take place in your local jurisdiction. This is because while the State is generally allowing massage to occur, it has also acknowledged that cities and counties have the authority to impose stricter restrictions than the State.  
 
The health and safety of Certified Massage Therapists and their clients continues to be of the utmost importance to all of us. So while you MUST follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the State and your local jurisdiction, we also urge you to consider following even stricter protocols during this unprecedented time. For some suggestions of recommendations for additional massage specific requirements, please see these guidelines provided by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards: Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 ConsiderationsPlease note that these guidelines were created by FSMTB, not CAMTC, and you are not required to comply with them; they are merely provided here as an additional resource.

Please remember that there are a lot of questions and unknowns related to COVID-19. By this message, CAMTC is not making any statements about whether it is or isn’t safe, risky, or appropriate for CAMTC Certificate Holders to provide massage at this time, or for clients to receive massage at this time.  

Be well, stay safe and remain informed.
 
Jeff Forman, Ph.D.                     Ahmos Netanel
CAMTC Board Chair                    CAMTC CEO
 

For your convenience, we included a list with a link to COVID-19 information for each California county:

Alameda County 
http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx
covid 510-268-2101

Alpine County
http://alpinecountyca.gov/index.aspx?nid=516

Amador County
https://www.amadorgov.org/services/covid-19

Berkeley (City of)
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/
Email: covid19@cityofberkeley.info

Butte County
http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Home/fbclid/IwAR3fSGcPIbTuP9oMALIinPe68ft2E_vscQm2hDlGwwyilvdXog7KZwY9vTw
530-552-4000

Calaveras County
https://covid19.calaverasgov.us/
209-754-2896

Colusa County
http://www.countyofcolusa.org/771/COVID19
530-458-0380

Contra Costa County
https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/
844-729-8410

Del Norte County
http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/health-human-services/public-health/public-health-programs/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus/community-updates
707-464-0861

El Dorado County
https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19.aspx

Fresno County 
https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Glenn County 
https://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/health-human-services/public-health/covid-19
530-934-6588

Humboldt County 
https://humboldtgov.org/2018/Humboldt-Health-Alert
707-441-5000/ 707-268-2527
 
Imperial County 
http://www.icphd.org/health-information-and-resources/healthy-facts/covid-19/
http://www.icphd.org/health-information-and-resources/healthy-facts/covid-19/state-&-county-orders/
442-265-6700
 
Inyo County
https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19
 
Kern County
https://kernpublichealth.com/2019-novel-coronavirus/
661-321-3000
publichealth@kerncounty.com
 
Kings County
https://www.countyofkings.com/departments/health-welfare/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/-fsiteid-1
 
Lake County
http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus/Businesses.htm
707-263-1090
 
Lassen County
https://lassencares.org/
http://www.lassencounty.org/dept/public-health/public-health
530-251-8100
 
Long Beach (city of)
http://www.longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/for-businesses/
http://www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-support/
 
Los Angeles County
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/
Phone: (877) 777-5799
Email: LiaisonCOVID19@ph.lacounty.gov

 
Madera County
https://www.maderacounty.com/government/public-health/corona-virus-covid-19/covid-revised
https://www.maderacounty.com/government/public-health/corona-virus-covid-19/covidinfobusinesses
559-675-7703
 
Marin County
https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/
 
Mariposa County
https://www.mariposacounty.org/1592/COVID-19-Information
209-259-1332
 
Mendocino County
https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
Call Center:  (707) 234-6052
callcenter@mendocinocounty.org
 
Merced County
https://www.co.merced.ca.us/3350/Coronavirus-Disease-2019
209-385-7434
 
Modoc County
http://modochealthservices.org/corona-virus
530-233-6311
 
Mono County
https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/?fbclid=IwAR3ULHSWtqrkapcejIL-FQ8CgEGRxVuS7FU7yaCjTElzgJ4K1DnD50BWAkY
 
Monterey County
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/environmental-health/covid-19
831-755-4500
health@co.monterey.ca.us
 
Napa County
https://www.countyofnapa.org/2739/Coronavirus
707-253-4540
CoronaVirus@countyofnapa.org
 
Nevada County
https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus
833-342-5211
 
Orange County
https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/
833-426-6411
 
Pasadena (city of)
https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/news-announcements/information-on-covid-19/
 
Placer County
https://www.placer.ca.gov/6367/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
530-886-5310
 
Plumas County
https://www.plumascounty.us/2669/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-COVID-19
(530) 283-6400
 
Riverside County
https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus
951-358-5000
 
Sacramento County
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400​​
 
San Benito County
https://hhsa.cosb.us/publichealth/communicable-disease/coronavirus/
831-637-5367
 
San Bernardino County
http://sbcovid19.com/
909-387-3911
 
San Diego County
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus/
 
San Francisco City and County
https://sf.gov/topics/coronavirus-covid-19
 
San Joaquin County
http://www.sjcphs.org/#hl1236
 
San Luis Obispo
https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus-%28COVID-19%29.aspx
805-781-5500
 
San Mateo County
https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus
(650) 573-2222
Contact Environmental Health Services
(650) 372-6200
 
Santa Barbara County
https://publichealthsbc.org/
https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/
 
Santa Clara County
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/home.aspx
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/order-health-officer-050420.aspx
 
Santa Cruz County
http://www.santacruzhealth.org/HSAHome/HSADivisions/PublicHealth/CommunicableDiseaseControl/CoronavirusHome.aspx
 
Shasta County
https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/covid-19/overview
 
Sierra County
http://sierracounty.ca.gov/582/Coronavirus-COVID-19
 
Siskiyou County
https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/publichealth
530-841-2134

Solano County
http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/coronavirus.asp
707-784-8988
covid19@solanocounty.com
 
Sonoma County
https://socoemergency.org/
 
Stanislaus County
http://schsa.org/publichealth/pages/corona-virus/
209-558-7535
 
Sutter County
https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cao/em/coronavirus
530-749-7700
 
Tehama County
https://www.tehamacohealthservices.net/services/communicable-diseases/
 
Trinity County
https://www.trinitycounty.org/communicable-disease
 
Tulare County
https://tchhsa.org/eng/index.cfm/public-health/covid-19-updates-novel-coronavirus/
county COVID19 info – 2-1-1
 
Tuolumne County
https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/250/Public-Health
209-533-7401
health@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov
 
Ventura County
https://www.vcemergency.com/
805-465-6650
 
Yolo County
https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019
Call 2-1-1
 
Yuba County
https://www.yuba.org/departments/emergency_services/coronavirus.php
https://www.yuba.org/coronavirus/
530-749-7700

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05/26/2020 The Governor

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #16

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

As of this posting, May 26, 2020, the Governor has NOT approved massage therapists to resume their practice in California. Please be advised that CAMTC has communicated with the Administration and is monitoring the Governor’s directives closely.

WARNING!! Even though the Governor has issued guidelines for hair salons and barbers, the statewide Stay at Home Order remains in place, and massage has NOT been generally authorized to occur, except for one narrow exception (those working directly for physicians or chiropractors and providing deferred or preventive health care services).

The Governor’s Stay at Home Order is statewide, and compliance is mandatory. 
Cities and counties do not have the legal authority to waive the State’s stricter requirements. As of today, no county has been granted a variance that allows massage businesses to reopen. See: www.covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
We encourage you to visit our CAMTC website often, on the homepage at www.camtc.org to read COVID-19 Bulletin Updates.

Don't miss any COVID-19 Bulletins! Prevent CAMTC emails from going to ‘junk mail’ or a ‘spam folder’ automatically. Simply whitelist our address. Add the ‘From’ address that CAMTC uses for eBlasts, which is to DoNotReply@camtc.org, to your digital ‘Contacts’ that’s saved within your email program or app. It will then trust that our address is a ‘safe sender’ and will not discard valuable CAMTC information.

CAMTC provides the Google Translation feature, which can be found near the bottom of every page on CAMTC’s website. Simply click on “Select Language” and then choose your preferred language to access important information at www.camtc.org throughout our website.

Please stay well,

Team CAMTC

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05/21/2020 CAMTC Warning 

COVID-19 Bulletin #15

WARNING! The statewide Stay at Home Order remains in place, and massage has NOT been generally authorized to occur, except for one very narrow exception (those working directly for physicians or chiropractors and providing deferred or preventive health care services). The Governor’s Stay at Home Order is statewide, and must be complied with. Cities and counties don’t have the legal authority to waive the State’s stricter requirements. As of today, no county has been granted a variance that allows for higher risk workplaces to reopen. See: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

Important Notice regarding FSMTB Guidelines!

These guidelines were recommended by FSMTB and are NOT CAMTC’s recommendations or guidelines, therefore CAMTC cannot provide interpretation or guidance on what they mean or how to use them. This document was provided merely as a helpful resource and are not recommendations that CAMTC requires you to follow. You MUST comply with your State and local regulations.

If you aren’t receiving email messages from CAMTC, please check your spam folder settings and update your email address with us, as we are regularly sending out updates.

Special Message from Beverly May:

Hello fellow massage and bodywork professionals.

I understand how difficult these times are for all of us. I began my massage practice in 1973 and worked full time from then until 2011, when I began working for CAMTC after many years of volunteering to get a State law.

These past 9 weeks have been the longest time period in over 45 years that I have gone without providing any massages at all. Despite my full time CAMTC responsibilities, prior to COVID-19 I was still seeing a handful of clients who I have massaged for decades. And like most of you, I, in turn, have also missed receiving my own massages.

Our profession has a long history of facing many challenges. For those of you new to the profession, prior to CAMTC, therapists were required to take annual Live Scan digital fingerprints, medical exams for STDs, and undergo police interviews – just to work in one city.

That’s right, to work in more than one city, additional fees and applications had to be made annually, often needing to meet different standards in each city. The average cost annually, per local massage permit, was approximately $482.

For over a decade now, CAMTC has provided one certification that protects our right to practice everywhere in California and facilitates moves to other states. Although there are still areas with burdensome zoning regulations, these are slowly being eased as CAMTC works with local government to help them craft fair establishment and zoning regulations. No longer can massage businesses be treated as “adult entertainment.”

Obviously COVID-19 presents a unique and exceptional set of challenges, and we have been spending tireless hours reviewing the ever-changing recommendations and guidelines being developed, especially those specific to our profession.

We at CAMTC hope that the following FAQs and the link to the Guidelines suggested by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, (posted on the homepage at www.camtc.org on May 20, 2020, plus emailed to CAMTC Certificate Holders and CAMTC Approved Massage Schools), will provide timely and useful information for you.

Beverly May, CMT Certificate #1
CAMTC Director of Governmental Affairs

 

CAMTC is a public benefit non-profit organization that provides voluntary certification to massage professionals who meet the requirements in the Massage Therapy Act and approves massage programs that meet minimum standards for training and curriculum.

No. CAMTC certification is voluntary. Neither the State of California nor CAMTC requires you to be certified to provide massage for compensation in California. Please note that some cities and counties do require CAMTC certification. We recommend that you check with your local city and county regarding their requirements.

CAMTC certification allows a certificate holder to provide massage for compensation in all cities and counties in the State of California without having to obtain a local permit. CAMTC certifies individuals, it does not regulate massage businesses. CAMTC’s voluntary certification program was created in 2009 in part as a way to address the uneven patchwork quilt of local regulations that existed before CAMTC’s inception and to elevate the profession.

Prior to CAMTC, massage therapists were required to comply with onerous regulations in many cities and counties that sought to regulate massage as if it were prostitution or a form of adult entertainment, instead of a healing art. Many cities required invasive medical tests, required massage providers to get “exotic dancer” permits, imposed adult entertainment zoning laws on massage businesses, considered massage businesses to be a nuisance, and sought to zone its practice out of existence. Cities and counties required varying amounts of education ranging from no documented hours of education to 1,000 hours of education. With each city and county having their own individual permitting requirements, many massage therapists were required to have multiple local permits to provide massage for compensation (even though working as W-2 employees) with annual fees that charged a weighted average of $482 per year for each jurisdiction.

CAMTC’s voluntary certification fundamentally changed the landscape. Cities can no longer require CAMTC certificate holders to submit to invasive medical exams, obtain local permits to provide massage for compensation, submit to fingerprinting and background checks, or zone massage businesses as adult entertainment.

The public.

CAMTC’s mission is aligned with the Massage Therapy Act, Business and Professions Code section 4603, which states:

“Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the council in exercising its certification and disciplinary authority, and any other functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.”

CAMTC’s vetting and disciplinary standards elevate the massage therapy profession.

We care deeply about the success of the massage profession and we highly respect the massage profession. As a public protection entity, CAMTC is not allowed to represent the economic interests of the industry. However, CAMTC does regularly advocate for the profession through interactions with State and local officials, where it provides information on the reality of the practice of this ancient healing art.

In addition to educating local and State officials about the reality of the profession, CAMTC elevates the massage profession by tackling the issues of massage being used as a subterfuge for illicit activity, human trafficking, and protecting clients from sexual predators. To date CAMTC has engaged in more than 11,000 denial and disciplinary actions to protect the public and elevate the profession.

Yes. CAMTC has been in communication with the Governor’s Office and State administration officials. CAMTC recently received communication from the Director of the California Department of Health Care Services regarding the use of massage by those working for physicians and chiropractors.

Additionally, CAMTC has requested further clarification as to whether massage would qualify as deferred or preventive health care services that may be generally provided today.

To date, CAMTC has not received a response to this inquiry.

CAMTC has also contacted EDD and requested that the job category of “Masseur/Masseuse” be changed to “Massage Therapist.”

Certificate holders must comply with all State and local laws, rules, and regulations, and failure to do so may be considered unprofessional conduct that may be actionable by CAMTC.

As of today, May 21, 2020, the Governor’s state-wide Stay at Home Order remains in place, and massage has not been generally authorized to occur, except for the very narrow exception of those working directly for physicians or chiropractors who are providing deferred or preventive health care services. The expectation is that as the Stay at Home Order is lifted, the Governor will do so as a staggered roll-out, in phases. We believe that the Governor will identify which businesses will again be allowed to operate as the Order is lifted and various phases implemented. We have no information as to when massage will generally be able to resume at this time, though we believe it will be authorized under the higher risk workplace phase. The decision of when massage can generally occur will be made by the Governor, not CAMTC. While the Governor can provide a county a variance to move into later phases earlier than the rest of the State, as of today, no county has been granted a variance that allows for higher risk workplaces like massage to re-open. See: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

As of today, May 21, 2020, the Governor’s state-wide Stay at Home Order remains in place, and massage has not been generally authorized to occur, except for the very narrow exception of those working directly for physicians or chiropractors who are providing deferred or preventive health care services. The Governor’s Stay at Home Order is state-wide, and must be complied with regardless of a city or county’s local order. Cities and counties don’t have the legal authority to waive the State’s stricter requirements. While the Governor can provide a county a variance to move into later phases earlier than the rest of the State, as of today, no county has been granted a variance that allows for higher risk workplaces like massage to re-open. See: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

Additionally, if a local city or county order is more restrictive, those working in that city or county must also comply with the city or county’s more restrictive requirements as well. This is because, in part, while the State is allowing deferred and preventive health care to occur, it has also acknowledged that cities and counties may be experiencing local outbreaks of coronavirus, therefore cities and counties have the authority to impose stricter restrictions than the State.

The Director of the California Department of Health Care Services has recently stated that CAMTC certificate holders working for physicians or chiropractors that are resuming deferred or preventative health care services, based on the State’s new guidelines, may resume practice, as long as the local jurisdiction also allows it to occur. Please see the relevant guidelines here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/ResumingCalifornia%E2%80%99sDeferredandPreventiveHealthCare.aspx

Since CAMTC did not create this exemption, it is not in a position to interpret what it means. However, CAMTC does believe that those working as employees for physicians or chiropractors, and are under their direct supervision, and who are providing deferred or preventive health care services, would qualify under this exemption.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals working with physicians or chiropractors. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals working for acupuncturists or physical therapists. For those who are not working for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

What if I am working pursuant to a physician’s or chiropractor’s prescription?

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals working pursuant to a physician’s or chiropractor’s prescription. For those who are not directly working for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals working for Doctors of Oriental Medicine. For those who are not directly working for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals sharing space with physicians or chiropractors. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has been stated to apply only to individuals working for physicians and chiropractors. This does not seem to include independent contractors, as they are not under the direction and control of a physician or chiropractor. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals providing massage for pain control, lymphatic drainage, or neuromuscular massage. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals who have patients referred to them by physicians or chiropractors. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals who have patients referred to them by physical therapists or acupuncturists. For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

The exemption noted above has not been stated to apply to individuals who provide massage to patients where a physician has written a letter stating that the massage services are “medically necessary.” For those who are not working directly for physicians or chiropractors, the Governor has not yet authorized massage to occur.

CAMTC understands the hardships and confusion created by the decision of the California Department of Health Care Services Director that only massage services provided by those working for physicians or chiropractors engaged in deferred or preventive health care services may occur at this time. This was a decision made by the Director, not by CAMTC. CAMTC has reached out to the Director’s and Governor’s Offices for further clarification, but none was provided. It is always difficult when lines get drawn, especially for those individuals who fall on the other side of the line. CAMTC has not been made aware of the reason why the line was drawn by the Director where it was, but there is speculation that it has to do with the fact that there is liability protection for massage therapists providing services while directly working for physicians and chiropractors.

While the Governor has allowed surgeries and preventive health care services to resume in California, the Stay at Home Order remains in place and massage has not yet been generally authorized to occur. The Stay at Home Order applies to mobile massage taking place in client’s homes as well as massage occurring at dedicated business locations and chair massage. This means that mobile massage, chair massage, and massage in general is not yet authorized to take place, except for one very narrow exception (those working for physicians or chiropractors and providing deferred or preventive health care services).

CAMTC requested that the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (“FSMTB”) provide specific guidance on these important issues. In response, they convened a nationwide task force that has recently issued some recommendations that can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/d38ce767-b8ae-4c3f-bdc6-f42e4894b2ad

These guidelines were recommended by FSMTB and are NOT CAMTC’s recommendations or guidelines, therefore CAMTC cannot provide interpretation or guidance on what they mean or how to use them. This document was provided merely as a helpful resource and are not recommendations that CAMTC requires you to follow. You MUST comply with your State and local regulations.

Additionally, CAMTC also has been working since March on drafting a comprehensive document with detailed recommended protocols from noted industry leaders related to sanitation, disinfection, client intake and evaluations, and massage practices that may be helpful in certificate holder’s efforts to try and minimize the risks of getting or transmitting the coronavirus. Once this document is completed, it will be posted on CAMTC’s website.

However, please note that CAMTC does not regulate massage establishments, it certifies individuals who meet the requirements in the Massage Therapy Act. The regulation of massage businesses is within the purview of local jurisdictions. Minimum health and safety requirements will most likely be determined by State and local public health departments, which must be followed by all individuals, including CAMTC certificate holders.

No. It is the Governor’s Order, and only the Governor can provide an exemption to his Order. CAMTC is not the entity that has prohibited massage from taking place.

CAMTC cannot provide you with legal advice. Please contact your insurance carrier for coverage questions.

Please see this list with information for each California county related to Coronavirus:

Alameda County
http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx

510-267-8000

Alpine County
http://alpinecountyca.gov/index.aspx?nid=516

Amador County
https://www.amadorgov.org/services/covid-19

BERKELEY (CITY OF)
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/

Butte County
http://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Home/fbclid/IwAR3fSGcPIbTuP9oMALIinPe68ft2E_vscQm2hDlGwwyilvdXog7KZwY9vTw

530-552-4000

Calaveras County
https://covid19.calaverasgov.us/

209-754-2896

Colusa County
http://www.countyofcolusa.org/771/COVID19

530-458-0380

Contra Costa County
https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/

844-729-8410

Del Norte County
http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/health-human-services/public-health/public-health-programs/communicable-diseases/novel-coronavirus/community-updates

707-464-0861

El Dorado County
https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19.aspx

Fresno County
https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Glenn County
https://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/health-human-services/public-health/covid-19

Humboldt County
https://humboldtgov.org/2018/Humboldt-Health-Alert

707-441-5000/ 707-268-2527
http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx

Imperial County
http://www.icphd.org/health-information-and-resources/healthy-facts/covid-19/
http://www.icphd.org/health-information-and-resources/healthy-facts/covid-19/state-&-county-orders/

442-265-6700

Inyo County
https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19

Kern County
https://kernpublichealth.com/2019-novel-coronavirus/

661-321-3000
publichealth@kerncounty.com

Kings County
https://www.countyofkings.com/departments/health-welfare/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/-fsiteid-1

Lake County
http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus/Businesses.htm

707-263-1090

Lassen County
https://lassencares.org/
http://www.lassencounty.org/dept/public-health/public-health

530-251-8100

Long Beach (city of)
http://www.longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/for-businesses/
http://www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-support/

Los Angeles County
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/

Phone: (213) 240-8144
media@ph.lacounty.gov

Madera County
https://www.maderacounty.com/government/public-health/corona-virus-covid-19/covid-revised
https://www.maderacounty.com/government/public-health/corona-virus-covid-19/covidinfobusinesses

559-675-7703

Marin County
https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/

Mariposa County
https://www.mariposacounty.org/1592/COVID-19-Information

209-259-1332

Mendocino County
https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus

Call Center: (707) 234-6052
callcenter@mendocinocounty.org

Merced County
https://www.co.merced.ca.us/3350/Coronavirus-Disease-2019

209-385-7434

Modoc County
http://modochealthservices.org/corona-virus

530-233-6311

Mono County
https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/?fbclid=IwAR3ULHSWtqrkapcejIL-FQ8CgEGRxVuS7FU7yaCjTElzgJ4K1DnD50BWAkY

Monterey County
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/environmental-health/covid-19

831-755-4500
health@co.monterey.ca.us

Napa County
https://www.countyofnapa.org/2739/Coronavirus

707-253-4540
CoronaVirus@countyofnapa.org

Nevada County
https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus

833-342-5211

Orange County
https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/

833-426-6411

Pasadena (city of)
https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/news-announcements/information-on-covid-19/

Placer County
https://www.placer.ca.gov/6367/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19

530-886-5310

Plumas County
https://www.plumascounty.us/2669/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-COVID-19

(530) 283-6400

Riverside County
https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

951-358-5000

Sacramento County
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

COVID-19 Hotline: 916-875-2400​​

San Benito County
https://hhsa.cosb.us/publichealth/communicable-disease/coronavirus/

831-637-5367

San Bernardino County
http://sbcovid19.com/

909-387-3911

San Diego County
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus/

San Francisco City and County
https://sf.gov/topics/coronavirus-covid-19

San Joaquin County
http://www.sjcphs.org/#hl1236

San Luis Obispo
https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus-%28COVID-19%29.aspx

805-781-5500

San Mateo County
https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

(650) 573-2222
Contact Environmental Health Services
(650) 372-6200

Santa Barbara County
https://publichealthsbc.org/
https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/

Santa Clara County
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/home.aspx
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/order-health-officer-050420.aspx

Santa Cruz County
http://www.santacruzhealth.org/HSAHome/HSADivisions/PublicHealth/CommunicableDiseaseControl/CoronavirusHome.aspx

Shasta County
https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/covid-19/overview

Sierra County
http://sierracounty.ca.gov/582/Coronavirus-COVID-19

Siskiyou County
https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/publichealth

530-841-2134

Solano County
http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/coronavirus.asp

707-784-8988
covid19@solanocounty.com

Sonoma County
https://socoemergency.org/

Stanislaus County
http://schsa.org/publichealth/pages/corona-virus/

209-558-7535

Sutter County
https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cao/em/coronavirus

530-749-7700

Tehama County
https://www.tehamacohealthservices.net/services/communicable-diseases/

Trinity County
https://www.trinitycounty.org/communicable-disease

Tulare County
https://tchhsa.org/eng/index.cfm/public-health/covid-19-updates-novel-coronavirus/

county COVID19 info – 2-1-1

Tuolumne County
https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/250/Public-Health

209-533-7401
health@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov

Ventura County
https://www.vcemergency.com/

805-465-6650

Yolo County
https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019

Call 2-1-1

Yuba County
https://www.yuba.org/departments/emergency_services/coronavirus.php
https://www.yuba.org/coronavirus/

530-749-7700

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05/21/2020  WARNING! 

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #14

WARNING! The statewide Stay at Home Order remains in place, and massage has NOT been generally authorized to occur, except for one very narrow exception: those working directly for physicians or chiropractors and providing deferred or preventive health care services. The Governor’s Stay at Home Order is statewide, and must be complied with. Cities and counties don’t have the legal authority to waive the State’s stricter requirements. As of today, no county has been granted a variance that allows for higher risk workplaces to reopen. See: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

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05/20/2020  Massage Reopening Recommendations

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #13

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

On April 23, 2020, CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, asked the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), of which CAMTC is a member, to develop recommendations for massage professionals to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as they prepare to return to work. Yesterday FSMTB introduced its "Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations," and we are pleased to share this document with you.

Counties around the State are working with the Governor to reopen. This document is timely and a helpful resource in your efforts to protect the public and yourself, while providing massage. We encourage you to use it as a reference. FSMTB has stated that whenever possible, the document reflects specific CDC recommendations to provide guidance on facility cleanliness and sanitation, facility policies and procedures, and requirements for massage provider hygiene.

Please note that the recommendations in this document do not replace any directives or guidelines provided by State or local jurisdictions. You must comply with State and local laws, rules, and regulations mandated in the location where you provide massage for compensation.

CAMTC extends its appreciation to the FSMTB’s Board of Directors, who authorized and supported the creation of the Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations, which can be found by clicking on the link included here.

We hope you and your loved ones are well.

Team CAMTC

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05/08/2020  CAMTC COVID-19 FAQs

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #12

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

We find ourselves in the middle of challenging times. COVID-19 is having a profound impact on our lives and our profession. We are all having to navigate and adapt through these uncharted waters.

Kindness, patience, and support will get us through this. We at CAMTC are here for you.

Information is changing day by day, sometimes even hour by hour. We are committed to helping you sort all of this out and to find solutions to your particular CAMTC Certification needs during these difficult times.

Hopefully you’ll find the answers to the frequently asked questions below to be helpful.

In the meantime, we hope all of you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Warmest regards,

Team CAMTC

While CAMTC understands that your local jurisdiction has stated that massage may occur, the Governor’s Stay at Home Order remains in place. This means that everyone in the State of California must comply with the Governor’s Order if it is more restrictive than a local order, and regardless of whether there is or is not a local stay at home order in place. CAMTC Certificate Holders must comply with all State and local laws, rules, and regulations, and failure to do so may be considered unprofessional conduct that may be actionable by CAMTC.

While the Governor has allowed surgeries and preventive health care services to resume in California, the statewide Stay at Home Order currently remains in place and massage has not yet been generally authorized to occur. The expectation is that as the Stay at Home Order is lifted, the Governor will do so as a staggered roll-out. We believe that the Governor will identify which businesses will again be allowed to operate as the Order is lifted. We have no information as to when massage will be able to resume at this time. That is a decision the Governor will make.

CAMTC believes that it has a role in educating the public in a way we have never done before, not only on the efficacy of massage, but the safety of the practice. There will most likely be protocols created and enforced by county health officials and, likely, statewide legislative mandates will be proposed, and an entire range of concerns will be discussed. We expect that CAMTC will play an important role in these discussions. It is currently too soon to make any predictions about what these protocols and practices will ultimately look like. CAMTC does anticipate that the protocols included in the “What You Need to Know About Coronavirus” document that CAMTC emailed and posted on our website March 5, 2020, will be reviewed and an update will be provided to our certificate holders when appropriate.

The Director of the California Department of Health Care Services has recently stated that CAMTC Certificate Holders who work for physicians or chiropractors that are resuming deferred or preventative health care services, based on the State’s new guidelines, may resume practice as long as the local jurisdiction also allows it to occur. Please see the relevant guidelines here:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/ResumingCalifornia%E2%80%99sDeferredandPreventiveHealthCare.aspx

While the State is allowing deferred and preventive health care to occur, it has also acknowledged that cities and counties may be experiencing larger numbers of local outbreaks of coronavirus. Therefore, cities and counties have the authority to impose stricter restrictions than the State. Please make sure that you are meeting State AND local requirements if you resume practice working for a physician or chiropractor.

CAMTC’s CEO has contacted the Governor’s Office (click here to see attached letter) and State Administration to discuss the applicability of the Stay at Home Order to CAMTC Certified Massage Professionals. While the Governor has allowed surgeries and preventive health care services to resume in California, the Stay at Home Order remains in place and massage has not yet been generally authorized to take place. The CEO is seeking clarification regarding the applicability of the Order to Certificate Holders. The “phase” in which massage will be classified as the Stay in Place Order is lifted has not yet been shared with CAMTC.

The two-year certification period for massage therapists is mandated by Law and cannot be changed by CAMTC. Only the California State Legislature can amend the Law. Please note however that CAMTC has recently instituted a new policy related to the temporary refund of late fees. This new policy acts as a de facto extension of the time period to apply for recertification, since it waives the fees for late recertifications. Under this new policy the suspension of late fees will be in effect. We will initiate late fee refunds through June 23, 2020. Your late fee refund will be credited back to the same credit or debit card that was used to pay the application processing fee. No action will be needed on your part.

Although our system automatically charges a late fee when a CAMTC Certificate has expired, our Certification Support Specialists will monitor payment activity and will proactively initiate the late fee refund for you within two business days. Additionally, please know that you can apply for recertification within 18 months from the date of expiration, though late fees will be assessed after June 23, 2020.

Please contact the California Employment Development Department for assistance filing for unemployment. Our understanding is that EDD lists the massage job title in their forms as “MASSEUR/MASSEUSE”. Please note that we have recently contacted the EDD and requested that the job title be changed to “Massage Therapy.”

CAMTC’s mission is to protect the public by certifying massage professionals in California who meet the requirements in the Law and approving massage programs that meet the legal standards for training and curriculum. Our mission is aligned with section 4603 of the Massage Therapy Act, which states:

“Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the council in exercising its certification and disciplinary authority, and any other functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.”

While we believe that CAMTC’s vetting and disciplinary standards elevate the massage therapy profession, as a consumer protection body, we cannot represent the economic interests of the industry. Doing so is outside of the scope of CAMTC’s legislative mandate.

That being said, here are some links that we hope are helpful to you:

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/2/9/29fc1ae7-879a-4de0-97d5-ab0a0cb558c8/1BC9E5AB74965E686FC6EBC019EC358F.the-small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares- act-final-.pdf

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

SBA Disaster Assistance – Disaster Assistance Availabl
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

CA EDD Work Sharing Program
https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm

CA EDD – COVID-19
https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

CA EDD – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm

CA Department of Industrial Relations – COVID-19
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm

Governor Newsom Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses
https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/30/governor-newsom-signs-executive-order-providing-relief-to-california-small-businesses/

U.S. Dept of Labor – Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200324

The courtesy notices that are sent out by CAMTC can be very helpful for individuals as reminders that their certificate expiration date is approaching. The vast majority of CAMTC Certified Massage Professionals are choosing to keep their certificate active and valid without any lapse in their CAMTC Certification.

CAMTC is unable to reduce the fee at this time. Please note however that CAMTC has recently instituted a new policy related to the temporary refund of late fees. This new policy acts as a de facto extension of the time period to apply for recertification since it waives the fees for late recertifications. Under this new policy the suspension of late fees will be in effect. We will initiate late fee refunds through June 23, 2020. Your late fee refund will be credited back to the same credit or debit card that was used to pay the application processing fee. No action will be needed on your part. Although our system automatically charges a late fee when a CAMTC Certificate has expired, our Certification Support Specialists will monitor payment activity and will proactively initiate the late fee refund for you within two business days. Additionally, please know that you can apply for recertification within 18 months from the date of expiration, though late fees will be assessed after June 23, 2020.

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04/15/2020  Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #11

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holder:
Please see the Press Release below. Clearly, the Impact to all workers remains a priority of the Governor. 
Team CAMTC
CA Governor-newson-banner
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Governor's Press Office
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (916) 445-4571

Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California         Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Governor announces new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications

 

EDD will also implement a one-stop shop for those applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, including the self-employed and independent contractors

Governor announces $75 million in statewide Disaster Relief Assistance funding to provide financial support for immigrant workers affected by COVID-19

Philanthropic partners commit to raising an additional $50 million to support undocumented Californians

 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced new initiatives to support the millions of California workers who have lost jobs or wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Governor’s direction, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will launch a new call center on Monday that will operate 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Unemployment Insurance Branch will be upstaffed with 1,340 employees, including 740 EDD employees and 600 employees from across state government. The Governor also directs EDD to expedite access to the Work Share program to avert layoffs.

The EDD will also stand up a one-stop shop for individuals applying for unemployment insurance and the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program starting April 28. The PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. This includes the self-employed, ​individuals who may be employees but who lack sufficient work history and independent contractors. Federal guidelines include gig workers and California’s gig workers will continue to be protected by our strong laws against misclassification in the administration of PUA. PUA benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours – not the traditional 21 days ​for regular UI claims.

“Many Californians are one paycheck away from losing their homes or from being able to put food on their tables, and COVID-19 has only made these challenges worse,” said Governor Newsom. “California is focused on getting relief dollars and unemployment assistance in the hands of those who need it as quickly as possible.”

The Governor also announced an unprecedented $125 million in disaster relief assistance for working Californians. This first in the nation, statewide public-private partnership will provide financial support to undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. California will provide $75 million in disaster relief assistance and philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million.

“California is the most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient. Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together,” said Governor Newsom. 

California's $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month.

The state’s Disaster Relief Fund will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits with expertise and experience serving undocumented communities. 

In addition to the $75 million in state funding, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a network of foundations focused on immigration issues, has committed to raising $50 million to support direct financial assistance to families of undocumented immigrants through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, with initial lead investments of $5.5 million from Emerson Collective, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, The James Irvine Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and an anonymous donor, among others. Those interested in supporting this fund can donate at www.immigrantfundCA.org. 

"During this moment of national crisis, undocumented immigrants are risking their own health on behalf of the rest of us, saving lives as health care workers; caring for our loved ones; and growing much of the food we depend on," said Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President of Emerson Collective. “With the federal government and so many states failing to provide undocumented immigrants the economic and health supports all Americans deserve, I hope that corporations, foundations and individuals across the country will join us in providing the emergency relief these members of our community need to weather this challenging time.”

California has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians.

Last week, Governor Newsom announced that California is seeking to take appropriate steps to ensure care and treatment for COVID-19 for its residents, regardless of immigration status. Given the current public health emergency, COVID-19 testing, evaluation and treatment services are being deemed as emergency services under Medi-Cal, regardless of the location where it is received. Deeming COVID-19 testing and related treatment services as an emergency will entitle all Medi-Cal beneficiaries, regardless of their scope of coverage under Medi-Cal or their documentation status, to receive all medically necessary inpatient or outpatient services related to a COVID-19 diagnosis.

A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and text can be found here.

Learn more about the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here. Visit covid19.ca.gov or covid19.ca.gov/es for critical steps Californians can take to stay healthy, and resources available to those impacted by the outbreak.

 

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Governor Gavin Newsom
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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04/05/2020  Don't Massage. Save Lives.

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #10

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holder:

No level of hyperbole accurately reflects the health, social, economic, and deeply personal implications associated with the world-wide Coronavirus crisis in which all of us are currently involved.

CAMTC has been clear that, while fully cognizant of the business implications in making such a difficult decision, the social distancing required by the Governor and compliance with his Stay at Home Order to stop the spreading of Coronavirus, makes it impossible for massage therapy to continue. 

We are all aware of the facts: The disease is extraordinarily contagious, and health experts are now stating that transmission can happen 2-3 days before an individual begins to exhibit symptoms, if they ever become symptomatic at all. This is why wearing face masks in public has been recommended. The disease is proving to be deadly in some instances, with consequential, perhaps even with long lasting health issues, for others. The virus is virulent enough to upend our healthcare delivery system, devastate the economy, and alter our personal interactions. While we have not yet felt the full impact in California of this devastating disease, we can view what is happening elsewhere and we must continue to prepare for the worst.

In order to protect the public and therapists, CAMTC issued an urgent message on March 16, 2020, strongly recommending that CAMTC Certificate Holders and CAMTC Approved Schools immediately stop providing hands-on services until further notice from the Governor and/or health authorities. On March 20, 2020, CAMTC issued another message, urging all to comply with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Most massage therapy sessions have been put on hold by mutual agreement between therapist and client. The inherent danger of the virus has resulted in an adherence to new precautions, and I’m proud of all of you who are being part of the solution by refraining from providing hands-on treatments. 

Unfortunately, some within the massage community have suggested that continuing massage therapy is discretionary and have pointed to medical situations in particular. Such talk is irresponsible and dangerous and fails to comply with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.

Let me make this personal for a moment. I have dedicated the past 40 years of my life to advancing massage therapy as a health benefit. I came to the United States and practiced in hospitals providing remedial massage to patients who were suffering in many instances from end-of-life illnesses. I understand and value how therapeutic massage brings quality of care to those in need. 

However, until the risk of the crisis passes, we are in an historic situation and the risk of contagion - not only for the client and therapist, but for those with whom we subsequently come in contact - makes it necessary for massage to cease until safety can be guaranteed.  This is exactly why the Governor put into place his historic Stay at Home Order, and CAMTC has urged CAMTC Certificate Holders to comply with it.

Thousands are dying and millions are infected worldwide with COVID-19. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is a life or death situation.  Therefore, if CAMTC receives notice that CAMTC Certificate Holders are continuing to provide massage services while the Stay at Home Order is in place, we will report these businesses and individuals to the local law enforcement authorities with whom we collaborate statewide, and we will take steps to potentially revoke their CAMTC Certification.

The crisis will end. Until then, our absolute commitment must be to the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Respectfully yours,

Ahmos Netanel
Chief Executive Officer
California Massage Therapy Council

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03/31/2020  CAMTC Protecting the Public

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #9

Dear Certificate Holders,

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) is a public benefit, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to protect the public by certifying massage professionals in California who meet the requirements in the law and approving massage programs that meet the legal standards for training and curriculum.

Our mission is aligned with the Massage Therapy Act, section 4603, which states:

“Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the council in exercising its certification and disciplinary authority, and any other functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.”

In order to protect consumers and therapists from COVID-19, CAMTC issued an urgent message on March 16, 2020, strongly recommending that certificate holders and schools immediately stop providing hands-on services until further notice from the Governor and/or health authorities.

We understand the financial hardship this health crisis represents to our CAMTC Certificate Holders and their families. Wanting to help, CAMTC announced on March 21, 2020, the suspension of all late fees through June 23, 2020. CAMTC’s vetting and disciplinary standards elevate the massage therapy profession. As a public protection body, we are not allowed to be involved in the economic interests of the industry. However, please note that the following has been made available since the onset of the crises.

The new coronavirus relief law includes unemployment benefits for the self-employed: https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/.

EDD lists the massage job title as "MASSEUR/MASSEUSE." You may also qualify for an SBA loan: https://www.sba.gov/.

For more information go to: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821457551/whats-inside-the-senate-s-2-trillion-coronavirus-aid-package

This is an extraordinary time and we look forward to working with all our stakeholders, as we navigate our way through this crisis.

All of us at CAMTC hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

Team CAMTC

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03/21/2020  Late Fees – CAMTC is Looking Out for You

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #8

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders, expired Certificate Holders and Approved Schools,

While the country is waiting on federal legislations that will provide relief to individuals and businesses, CAMTC would like to help.

We at CAMTC understand the financial hardship that you and your family must be going through due to the current health crisis.

There is no historical precedent for the mandatory, statewide, shelter-in-place order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom when he warned that 56% of Californians are at risk from being infected with coronavirus in the next two months. The Governor’s executive order means that the most populous state in the nation will effectively shut down non-essential services. Californians can continue to go outside to obtain food or medicine, exercise, receive vital health care, and assist vulnerable relatives and friends.

While the country is waiting on federal legislations that will provide relief to individuals and businesses, CAMTC would like to help by temporarily suspending all late fees assessed.

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, the suspension of late fees will be in effect. We will initiate the refunds for the next three months through June 23, 2020.

Your late fee refund will be credited back to the same credit or debit card that was used to pay the application processing fee.

No action will be needed on your part.  Although our system automatically charges a late fee when a CAMTC Certificate has expired, our Certification Support Specialists will monitor payment activity and will proactively initiate the late fee refund for you within two business days.

Please know that our team members at CAMTC are here to help however we can within our means.

We hope everyone is having a calm weekend.

Take care and stay healthy.

CAMTC

Please note: Translations of the above Late Fees message in other languages are available by using the Google translation feature at the bottom of this CAMTC webpage. Click on “Select Language” to choose your preferred language.

 

CHINESE:  滞纳金 – CAMTC正在寻找您

尊敬的CAMTC证书持有者,过期的证书持有者和批准的学校,

在该国正在等待将为个人和企业提供救济的联邦法律的同时,CAMTC希望提供帮助。

CAMTC我们了解由于当前的健康危机,您和您的家人必须经历的财务困难。

州长加文·纽瑟姆(Gavin Newsom)发出警告说,在接下来的两个月中,有56%的加利福尼亚人有被冠状病毒感染的危险,这在历史上尚无历史可循的先例。总督的行政命令意味着该国人口最多的州将有效关闭非必要服务。加利福尼亚人可以继续出门获得食物或药品,锻炼身体,获得至关重要的医疗保健并帮助弱势的亲戚和朋友。

在该国正在等待将为个人和企业提供救济的联邦法律的同时,CAMTC希望通过暂时中止所有评估的滞纳金来提供帮助。

从2020年3月23日星期一开始,暂停收取滞纳金。我们将在2020年6月23日之前的三个月内开始退款。

您的滞纳金退款将退回到用于支付申请处理费的同一张信用卡或借记卡上。

您无需采取任何措施。尽管CAMTC证书过期后,我们的系统会自动收取滞纳金,但我们的认证支持专家将监控付款活动,并在两个工作日内主动为您退还滞纳金。

请知道,CAMTC的团队成员会在这里为您提供帮助,但是我们会尽力而为。

我们希望每个人都有一个平静的周末。

保重并保持健康。

CAMTC

THAI:    ค่าธรรมเนียมล่าช้า  CAMTC กำลังมองหาคุณอยู่

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ในขณะที่ประเทศกำลังรอการออกกฎหมายของรัฐบาลกลางที่จะช่วยบรรเทาความเดือดร้อนแก่บุคคลและธุรกิจCAMTC ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ

เราที่ CAMTC เข้าใจถึงความยากลำบากทางการเงินที่คุณและครอบครัวของคุณต้องประสบผ่านเนื่องจากวิกฤตสุขภาพในปัจจุบัน

ไม่มีแบบอย่างทางประวัติศาสตร์สำหรับคำสั่งบังคับบรรดาที่กำบังที่พักพิงซึ่งออกโดยผู้ว่าราชการกาวินนิวซัมเมื่อเขาเตือนว่า 56% ของชาวแคลิฟอร์เนียมีความเสี่ยงจากการติดเชื้อ coronavirus ในอีกสองเดือนข้างหน้า คำสั่งผู้บริหารของผู้ว่าการหมายความว่ารัฐที่มีประชากรมากที่สุดในประเทศจะปิดบริการที่ไม่จำเป็นได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพชาวแคลิฟอร์เนียสามารถออกไปข้างนอกเพื่อรับอาหารหรือยาออกกำลังกายได้รับการดูแลสุขภาพที่สำคัญและช่วยเหลือญาติและเพื่อนที่อ่อนแอ

ในขณะที่ประเทศกำลังรอการออกกฎหมายของรัฐบาลกลางที่จะช่วยบรรเทาความเดือดร้อนแก่บุคคลและธุรกิจCAMTC ต้องการความช่วยเหลือโดยการระงับค่าธรรมเนียมการประเมินล่าช้าทั้งหมดชั่วคราว

เริ่มตั้งแต่วันจันทร์ที่ 23 มีนาคม 2563 การระงับค่าธรรมเนียมล่าช้าจะมีผล เราจะเริ่มการคืนเงินสำหรับสามเดือนถัดไปจนถึงวันที่ 23 มิถุนายน 2020

การคืนเงินค่าธรรมเนียมล่าช้าของคุณจะถูกโอนกลับไปยังบัตรเครดิตหรือบัตรเดบิตเดิมที่ใช้ในการชำระค่าธรรมเนียมการดำเนินการใบสมัคร

คุณไม่จำเป็นต้องดำเนินการใด ๆ แม้ว่าระบบของเราจะเรียกเก็บค่าธรรมเนียมล่าช้าโดยอัตโนมัติเมื่อใบรับรองCAMTC หมดอายุผู้เชี่ยวชาญสนับสนุนการรับรองของเราจะตรวจสอบกิจกรรมการชำระเงินและจะเริ่มต้นการคืนเงินค่าธรรมเนียมล่าช้าสำหรับคุณภายในสองวันทำการ

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CAMTC

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 03/20/2020  Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #7

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders and Approved Schools,
The Governor issued a Stay at Home Order requiring Californians to stay at home unless they are engaged in essential functions. CAMTC urges you to comply with the Governor’s Order, which you may find below.
Stay safe, stay healthy. 
Thank you

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Governor's Press Office
Thursday, March 19, 2020 (916) 445-4571
Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Click here to read the Governor’s executive order.
Click here to learn more about the order.
Click here to see the Governor’s address to Californians this evening.
 
CHINESE
尊敬的CAMTC证书持有者和批准的学校,
州长发布了“留在家中命令”,要求加利福尼亚人除非在家中从事基本职能,否则必须留在家中。 CAMTC敦促您遵守总督令,您可以在下面找到。
保持安全,保持健康。
谢谢

THAI
เรียนผู้ถือใบรับรอง CAMTC และโรงเรียนที่ได้รับอนุญาต
ผู้ว่าราชการออกคำสั่งพักอาศัยที่บ้านกำหนดให้ชาวแคลิฟอร์เนียอยู่บ้านเว้นแต่พวกเขามีส่วนร่วมในงานที่จำเป็น CAMTC ขอแนะนำให้คุณปฏิบัติตามคำสั่งของผู้ว่าการรัฐซึ่งคุณอาจพบด้านล่าง
อยู่อย่างปลอดภัยมีสุขภาพดี
ขอขอบคุณ
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03/19/2020  Operational Message From CAMTC
CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #6

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and in compliance with health experts and authorities, CAMTC is conducting modified operations and is not currently sending or receiving physical mail or packages.  As of 3/19/2020 all physical mail sent to CAMTC is being held by the United States Postal Service.  If you have mailed any documents to CAMTC within the last ten days, we recommend that you resubmit those documents by email as described below.  Until further notice, any documents that you would like CAMTC to receive and review must be submitted electronically.  Please submit them by email to the following address: info@camtc.org.

All payments must be made by credit or debit card – we will not be accepting checks, cashier’s checks or money orders until further notice.

If you request additional certificates and ID cards, CAMTC will advise you to contact us after normal operations have resumed.  We are not processing these requests at this time.

If you would like to submit a paper application that you filled out, please send a scan or picture of all pages in sequential order to info@camtc.org.  Other documents may be sent to the same email address unless CAMTC has directed you otherwise.  If a Certification Support Specialist has contacted you and requested supporting documents or information, you may reply directly to their email.

Please check our website at www.camtc.org for updates.

ENGLISH
Translations of the above operational message in other languages are available by using the Google translation feature at the bottom of this CAMTC webpage. Click on “Select Language” to choose your preferred language.

ARMENIAN

Վերոնշյալ գործառնական հաղորդագրության այլ լեզուներով թարգմանությունները մատչելի ենայս CAMTC վեբ էջի ներքևում օգտագործված Google Translate գործառույթի միջոցով: Կտտացրեք «Ընտրել լեզու» ՝ ձեր նախընտրած լեզուն ընտրելու համար:

CHINESE

通过使用此CAMTC网页底部的Google翻译功能,可以将上述操作消息翻译成其他语言。 单击“选择语言”以选择您的首选语言。

ITALIAN

Le traduzioni del suddetto messaggio operativo in altre lingue sono disponibili utilizzando la funzione di traduzione di Google nella parte inferiore di questa pagina Web CAMTC. Fai clic su "Seleziona lingua" per scegliere la lingua preferita.

JAPANESE

上記の操作メッセージを他の言語に翻訳するには、このCAMTC Webページの下部にあるGoogle翻訳機能を使用してください。 「言語の選択」をクリックして、希望の言語を選択します。

KOREAN

이 CAMTC 웹 페이지 하단의 Google 번역 기능을 사용하여 위의 작동 메시지를 다른 언어로 번역 할 수 있습니다. “언어선택”을 클릭하여 원하는 언어를 선택하십시오.

PERSIAN

ترجمه پیام عملیاتی فوق به زبانهای دیگر با استفاده از ویژگی ترجمه Google در پایین این صفحه وب CAMTC دردسترس است. برای انتخاب زبان مورد نظر خود بر روی "Select Language" کلیک کنید.

RUSSIAN

Переводы вышеуказанного оперативного сообщения на другие языки доступны с помощью функции перевода Google в нижней части этой веб-страницы CAMTC. Нажмите «Выбрать язык», чтобы выбрать предпочитаемый язык.

SPANISH

Las traducciones del mensaje operativo anterior en otros idiomas están disponibles utilizando la función de traducción de Google en la parte inferior de esta página web de CAMTC. Haga clic en "Seleccionar idioma" para elegir su idioma preferido.

THAI

การแปลข้อความปฏิบัติการด้านบนในภาษาอื่นมีให้โดยใช้คุณลักษณะการแปลของ Google ที่ด้านล่างของหน้าเว็บ CAMTC นี้ คลิกที่ "เลือกภาษา" เพื่อเลือกภาษาที่คุณต้องการ

VIETNAMESE

Bản dịch của thông báo hoạt động ở trên bằng các ngôn ngữ khác có sẵn bằng cách sử dụng tính năng dịch của Google ở cuối trang web CAMTC này. Nhấp vào trên Chọn Chọn Ngôn ngữ để chọn ngôn ngữ ưa thích của bạn.

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03/18/2020  Important MEMO From CAMTC

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #5

California continues to struggle with this stunning crisis. The impact will be universal, but no one will feel it more than our small businesses, which includes the remarkable people of the massage profession. We want to provide a quick overview of the status quo: 

 

SHELTER IN PLACE 

The Shelter in Place directive which began in seven Northern California counties is likely to be statewide very soon and is developing as a national policy – other California counties have followed today, and New York City is moving in that direction also.

Each county has their own version with minor variations to meet the uniqueness of their demographics. The Sacramento County version provides an insight into both the reasons and the expectations that will be included in all of them.

At this juncture the enforcement of the policy will vary - no one yet wanting to be too heavy-handed - but the Governor has said he has the power to enforce and will proceed as the crisis warrants. The mayor of Sacramento has said you can call it a directive or use any word you want, but it will ultimately be enforced.

Local law enforcement will be at ground zero in our communities and will be engaged as we move forward.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called the Coronavirus the defining global health issue of our time.

Terrible as it is, hopefully we will learn from the catastrophe and be as better as we will be different. Below is an example of a kind of Shelter in Place Order being issued by a growing number of counties in California.

 

SACRAMENTO: SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

As we have had more extensive experience with COVID-19 it is clear that a significant majority of those infected have no, or only mild, symptoms.

With additional testing, the number of cases of COVID-19 is growing.

The vast majority of these cases are now the result of community spread. 

Public health team efforts are focused on identifying persons with COVID-19, separating them from others, and tracking down persons who were exposed to the infected person. This containment strategy helped to slow the introduction of the virus, but has to be redirected to address the larger number of cases in the region. 

Public health staff has shifted their efforts to community mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to severe illness. 

Although community mitigation measures can be disruptive, these recommendations are to protect the public’s health. 

In summary, Sacramento County public health officials direct, effective immediately until further notice, the following:

Workplaces:  Workplaces and businesses should implement telecommuting and teleconferencing for their employees, where appropriate and feasible. Only those employees performing essential duties that cannot be performed by telecommuting should physically come to work.

Vulnerable Populations: This guidance exempts individuals who work in essential services, such as hospital and health care workers, pharmacists, peace officers, firefighters, staff at skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly, and other essential workers

Those aged 65 and older and/or those with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, or lung diseases such as COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems are at highest risk of complications. 

People at higher risk should stay home and away from gatherings of un-related individuals

Those in the vulnerable populations can go outside to walk the dog, go on walks or go to the park, provided they are at least six feet from others.

Less Vulnerable Populations:  All those at lower risk should stay home to the maximum extent possible, except when going to essential sites. ​​Essential sites include, but are not limited to:

Health Care Facilities

Grocery stores

Pharmacies

Hardware stores/plumbers/electricians for emergency services

Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals

Newspapers, television, radio and other media services

Gas Stations and auto supply, auto repair and related facilities

Banks and related financial institutions

Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and others who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences

Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers

Gathering Places: 

No gatherings in any formal setting

All bars, wineries and brew-pubs should be closed

All in-dining at restaurants should cease; take out and home delivery (with social distancing) may continue

All gyms should be closed 

All bingo halls and card rooms should be closed

Schools:  All Sacramento schools are closed 

Sick Persons:  Everyone should stay home if they are sick until they have had no fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms for at least 72 hours after symptoms resolve, or 7 days from when symptoms began, whichever is longer.

Anyone who lives with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days.

Those with cold-like symptoms, who can manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter-drugs, should do so, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19. 

If, however, difficulty breathing and lethargy develops, or symptoms were better and then got worse, they should call their healthcare provider or urgent care center ahead so they can prepare to take care of them. 

People should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if they believe that they are extremely sick or their life is in imminent danger. Other emergencies are still occurring, and emergency resources must be available to address all of them, not just COVID-19.

Masks: Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility). 

 The following is the best information available today on how the Legislature will move forward in response to the crisis. The Capitol building itself is closed to everyone except those with legislative credentials. Legislators and staff have made an effort to be available by phone and social media to discuss pending issues.

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RELIEF

There are proposals to provide most American adults a one thousand dollar check to help with emergency supplies. Obviously, while the gesture is appreciated, it is hardly a resolution to our massage therapists. The Governor has been joined by other state and local leaders promising a relief fund to ease the burdens for small businesses being forced to close and the employees impacted. Policymakers are likely to be imaginative and open to suggestions on how to provide assistance. We will keep you informed.

THE NATIONAL GUARD

The Governor has said he will use all of the resources he has available to ensure order if/when the crisis escalates. He has deployed the National Guard for humanitarian purposes such as the orderly disposition of food and supplies. He has been very careful when discussing law enforcement, but has not shied away from saying he has considerable power to wield if necessary and will assess the need regularly.

A FLUID PROCESS

The following is the best information available today on how the Legislature will move forward.

The State Capitol Building and the Legislative Office Bulding are closed to the public. Only credentialed staff will be allowed in the building.

Legislators and their staff are making an effort to be available by phone or email to discuss pending issues. Sunset hearings are postponed, and policymakers are reluctant to predict when the doors will be open for regular business again.

The Legislature has adopted ACR 189, voting to take a joint recess from March 20-April 13.  

The Senate has adopted SR 86 (Atkins), which amends the Rules for the 2019-20 Regular Session to allow for remote participation in the business of the Senate.

Telework and “virtual hearings”, perhaps even Floor voting, are possibilities. Because of the devasting impact to the Stock Market, we may have to delay implementing a budget in 2020.

The narrative changes daily. This is an historic situation of profound social and deeply personal implications. None of us has seen this before. Stay safe and we will be communicating regularly. 

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ENGLISH
Translations of the above memo in other languages are available by using the Google translation feature at the bottom of this CAMTC webpage. Click on “Select Language” to choose your preferred language.

ARMENIAN

Վերոհիշյալ հուշագրի այլ լեզուներով թարգմանությունները մատչելի են այս CAMTC վեբ էջի ներքևում օգտագործված Google թարգմանության հնարավորությունից: Կտտացրեք «Ընտրել լեզու» ՝ ձեր նախընտրած լեզուն ընտրելու համար:

CHINESE

使用此CAMTC网页底部的Google翻译功能,可以将上述备忘录翻译成其他语言。 单击“选择语言”以选择您的首选语言。

ITALIAN

Le traduzioni del memo sopra riportato in altre lingue sono disponibili utilizzando la funzione di traduzione di Google nella parte inferiore di questa pagina Web CAMTC. Fai clic su "Seleziona lingua" per scegliere la lingua preferita.

JAPANESE

上記のメモを他の言語に翻訳するには、このCAMTC Webページの下部にあるGoogle翻訳機能を使用してください。 「言語の選択」をクリックして、希望の言語を選択します。

KOREAN

CAMTC 웹 페이지 하단에있는 Google 번역 기능을 사용하여 위의 메모를 다른 언어로 번역 할 수 있습니다. “언어 선택”을 클릭하여 원하는 언어를 선택하십시오.  

PERSIAN

ترجمه یادداشت فوق به زبانهای دیگر با استفاده از ویژگی ترجمه Google در پایین این صفحه وب CAMTC در دسترس است. برای انتخاب زبان مورد نظر خود بر روی "Select Language" کلیک کنید.

RUSSIAN

Переводы вышеуказанной заметки на другие языки доступны с помощью функции перевода Google в нижней части этой веб-страницы CAMTC. Нажмите «Выбрать язык», чтобы выбрать предпочитаемый язык.

SPANISH

Las traducciones de la nota anterior en otros idiomas están disponibles mediante el uso de la función de traducción de Google en la parte inferior de esta página web de CAMTC. Haga clic en "Seleccionar idioma" para elegir su idioma preferido.

THAI

การแปลบันทึกด้านบนในภาษาอื่นมีให้โดยใช้คุณลักษณะการแปลของ Google ที่ด้านล่างของหน้าเว็บ CAMTC นี้ คลิกที่ "เลือกภาษา" เพื่อเลือกภาษาที่คุณต้องการ

VIETNAMESE

Bản dịch của bản ghi nhớ ở các ngôn ngữ khác có sẵn bằng cách sử dụng tính năng dịch của Google ở cuối trang web CAMTC này. Nhấp vào trên Chọn Chọn Ngôn ngữ để chọn ngôn ngữ ưa thích của bạn.

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03/16/2020 update here: Urgent Message From CAMTC About COVID-19 with Language Translations

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #4

The health crisis presented by the Coronavirus is unprecedented. The crisis is public and personal and our response needs to be equal to the challenges. In order to protect the public and the therapists, CAMTC is strongly recommending that certificate holders and schools immediately stop providing hands-on services until further notice from the Governor and or health authorities. At https://www.cdph.ca.gov you will find more information about COVID-19.

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03/15/2020 update here: Message From CAMTC About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #3

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03/12/2020 update here: COVID-19 Contingency Plan for Massage Schools

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #2

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03/04/2020  What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #1

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States serve as an important reminder for hands-on professionals like massage therapists, to engage in best practices to protect themselves and their clients from harm.

As part of the California Massage Therapy Council’s mission to protect the public, we would like to share with you a brief list of recommendations to help avoid contracting and spreading the flu or COVID-19.

“It is absolutely critical that each of us stay informed and listen closely to the experts.”
Ahmos Netanel - CEO, CAMTC

 

1. Wash your hands, forearms and elbows for at least 20 seconds especially before and after each session, after changing linens and towels, after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use soap. Get between your fingers. Use a nail brush for your nails and cuticles. Now repeat. Hand and arm washing are the single most effective thing one can do to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick including clients and coworkers. Tell your clients if they have these signs – or if anyone in their home or place of work has them – stay home.

3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you think you’ve been near someone who might be infected.

4. Stay home if you have a fever (typically the first sign), cough, and shortness of breath.

5. Make a hygiene audit of your workspace. Sanitize massage equipment and supplies including your massage table or chair, face cradle, lotion dispenser, and hot stones after every use. Regularly use a household cleaning spray or wipe to swab doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cellphone, keyboards, and anything else you and your clients touch. If you use antiseptic wipes, READ THE DIRECTIONS – some of them require prolonged contact to be effective.

6. Change sheets, pillowcases, face cradle covers, bolster covers, and towels after each massage session. When changing linens, fold them away from the body to avoid contaminating your own clothing. Wash linens and massage uniforms in hot water with detergent and bleach.

7. Avoid cross-contamination by never putting dispensed oil or lotion back into its original container. Lubricants in tubs and bulk containers should be dispensed into smaller, disposable vessels for each client to avoid “double dipping” from client to client.

For more information, visit the CDC FAQ page:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

ENGLISH
The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) is providing recommendations to help avoid contracting and spreading infectious diseases such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you would like this important information below in your language, follow these instructions. Go to the CAMTC homepage at www.camtc.org and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the drop down box of the Google translation feature to select the language of your choice. Thank you.

ARMENIAN
Կալիֆոռնիայի մերսման թերապիայի խորհուրդը (CAMTC) տալիս է առաջարկություններ ՝ օգնելու խուսափել տապալումից և տարածել այնպիսի վարակիչ հիվանդություններ, ինչպիսիք են «Կորոնավիրուսը» (COVID-19): Եթե ցանկանում եք, որ այս կարևոր տեղեկատվությունը ձեր լեզվից ցածր լինի, հետևեք այս հրահանգներին: Գնացեք CAMTC- ի գլխավոր էջը ՝ www.camtc.org- ում և ոլորեք ներքևի էջը և կտտացրեք Google- ի թարգմանության առանձնահատկության ներքևի վանդակում ՝ ձեր ընտրության լեզուն ընտրելու համար: Շնորհակալություն

CHINESE
加州按摩疗法委员会(CAMTC)正在提供建议,以帮助避免感染和传播冠状病毒(COVID-19)等传染性疾病。 如果您希望使用以下语言使用此重要信息,请按照以下说明进行操作。 转到位于www.camtc.org的CAMTC主页,向下滚动到页面底部,然后单击Google翻译功能的下拉框,以选择所需的语言。 谢谢。

ITALIAN
Il California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) fornisce raccomandazioni per evitare di contrarre e diffondere malattie infettive come il Coronavirus (COVID-19). Se desideri queste importanti informazioni di seguito nella tua lingua, segui queste istruzioni. Vai alla pagina iniziale CAMTC su www.camtc.org e scorri verso il basso fino alla fine della pagina e fai clic sulla casella a discesa della funzione di traduzione di Google per selezionare la lingua che preferisci. Grazie.

JAPANESE
カリフォルニア州マッサージ療法評議会(CAMTC)は、コロナウイルス(COVID-19)などの感染症の感染を防ぐための推奨事項を提供しています。 お使いの言語でこの重要な情報をご希望の場合は、こちらの手順に従ってください。 www.camtc.orgのCAMTCホームページに移動し、ページの一番下までスクロールし、Google翻訳機能のドロップダウンボックスをクリックして、選択した言語を選択します。 ありがとうございました。

KOREAN
CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council)는 코로나 바이러스 (COVID-19)와 같은 전염병을 수축 및 확산시키지 않도록 권장합니다. 귀하의 언어로 아래의 중요한 정보를 원하시면, 다음 지시 사항을 따르십시오. CAMTC 홈페이지 (www.camtc.org)로 이동하여 페이지 하단으로 스크롤 한 다음 Google 번역 기능의 드롭 다운 상자를 클릭하여 원하는 언어를 선택하십시오. 감사합니다.

PERSIAN
شورای ماساژ درمانی کالیفرنیا (CAMTC) توصیه هایی را برای کمک به جلوگیری از انقباض و شیوع بیماری های عفونی مانند Coronavirus (COVID-19) ارائه می دهد. اگر می خواهید این اطلاعات مهم زیر به زبان شما باشد ، این دستورالعمل ها را دنبال کنید. به صفحه اصلی CAMTC در www.camtc.org بروید و به پایین صفحه بروید و روی کادر پایین کشیده ویژگی ترجمه Google کلیک کنید تا زبان مورد نظر خود را انتخاب کنید. متشکرم.

RUSSIAN
Калифорнийский совет по массажной терапии (CAMTC) предоставляет рекомендации, помогающие избежать заражения и распространения инфекционных заболеваний, таких как коронавирус (COVID-19). Если вам нужна эта важная информация ниже на вашем языке, следуйте этим инструкциям. Перейдите на домашнюю страницу CAMTC по адресу www.camtc.org, прокрутите вниз до нижней части страницы и щелкните раскрывающийся список функции перевода Google, чтобы выбрать нужный язык. Спасибо.

SPANISH
El Consejo de Terapia de Masaje de California (CAMTC) está proporcionando recomendaciones para ayudar a evitar contraer y propagar enfermedades infecciosas como el Coronavirus (COVID-19). Si desea esta información importante a continuación en su idioma, siga estas instrucciones. Vaya a la página de inicio de CAMTC en www.camtc.org, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página y haga clic en el cuadro desplegable de la función de traducción de Google para seleccionar el idioma que desee. Gracias.

THAI
สภาการนวดบำบัดแห่งแคลิฟอร์เนีย (CAMTC) กำลังให้คำแนะนำเพื่อช่วยหลีกเลี่ยงการทำสัญญาและแพร่กระจายโรคติดเชื้อเช่น Coronavirus (COVID-19) หากคุณต้องการข้อมูลที่สำคัญด้านล่างในภาษาของคุณทำตามคำแนะนำเหล่านี้ ไปที่หน้าแรกของ CAMTC ที่ www.camtc.org และเลื่อนลงไปที่ด้านล่างของหน้าและคลิกกล่องแบบเลื่อนลงของคุณสมบัติการแปลของ Google เพื่อเลือกภาษาที่คุณต้องการ ขอขอบคุณ.

VIETNAMESE
Hội đồng Trị liệu Massage California (CAMTC) đang cung cấp các khuyến nghị để giúp tránh mắc bệnh và lây lan các bệnh truyền nhiễm như coronavirus (COVID-19). Nếu bạn muốn thông tin quan trọng dưới đây bằng ngôn ngữ của bạn, hãy làm theo các hướng dẫn sau. Truy cập trang chủ CAMTC tại www.camtc.org và cuộn xuống cuối trang và nhấp vào hộp thả xuống của tính năng dịch Google để chọn ngôn ngữ bạn chọn. Cảm ơn bạn.

 

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