11/29/2021 COVID-19 Update: Omicron Variant

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #69

Dear CAMTC Approved School Owners, Staff, and Students:

You have most likely heard a lot in the news lately regarding the newly emerged COVID-19 Omicron Variant. Please see the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) COVID-19 Fact Sheet Omicron Variant, dated November 28, 2021. We will send more information as it becomes available. 

While we are still learning much about Omicron, we know enough about COVID to take steps now that can help reduce transmission as we prepare to better understand the additional strategies that may be needed to mitigate this new variant of concern.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of California’s residents.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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11/03/2021 LA Coronavirus Update Telebriefing: Thursday, November 4, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #68

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has just informed CAMTC that they are having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, was asked to be on this call 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.

 

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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10/09/2021 Three cities' vaccine mandate

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #67

Dear Certificate Holders, School Owners, and Other Interested Parties:

VACCINATION MANDATES

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the Los Angeles City Council passed a local ordinance requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order for patrons to enter indoor portions of:

Establishments where food or beverages are served;

Gyms and fitness venues;

Entertainment and recreation venues; and

“Personal care establishments, including spas, nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, tanning salons, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, body art professionals, piercing shops, and massage therapy, except as medically required.”

This new Ordinance also applies to city buildings and large outdoor events. The Ordinance can be found here: https://www.camtc.org/media/2127/la-city-attachment-to-report-dated-9-24-21-draft-ordinance.pdf. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the ordinance on the same day that it was passed by the City Council. https://www.camtc.org/media/2128/la-city-council-action-mayor-concurrence-dated-10-06-21.pdf. This new ordinance requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the indoor portions of all businesses identified above, beginning on November 4, 2021.  Businesses are also required to prominently display notice visible to patrons, starting on October 21, 2021, stating that, beginning on November 4, 2021, proof of vaccination is required in order to enter any indoor portion of the premises. 
 
Individuals who cannot be vaccinated for religious or health reasons are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and proof of an exemption.  
 
Under the terms of the new ordinance, customers who are not vaccinated can only use an establishment’s outdoor space, or may use the indoor portion of the space for “brief and limited periods of time to use the restroom, order, pick-up, or pay for food or drink ‘to-go,’ or perform necessary repairs, provided that the Patron wears a well-fitting mask at all times” while indoors.  
 
The new ordinance sets harsh penalties for failure to comply with its provisions, stating that the operator of the business location “may be issued a Citation for violation of any provision” and “shall be subject to the following fines:

A warning and a notice to correct for a first violation;

An administrative fine of $1,000 for a second violation;

An administrative fine of $2,000 for a third violation;

An administrative find of $5,000 for a fourth and each subsequent violation.”

The ordinance specifies that enforcement will begin on November 29, 2021.

The city of Los Angeles joins the City of West Hollywood https://www.weho.org/home/showpublisheddocument/50996/637680695674470000 and San Francisco https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/files/C19-07-Safer-Return-Together-Health-Order.pdf, which also have strict COVID-19 vaccination mandates for individuals patronizing certain indoor businesses. 

The City of West Hollywood passed its Order on September 20, 2021, which is much stricter than the City of Los Angeles’ new Ordinance. West Hollywood requires patrons 18 years and older who patronize personal care services businesses, such as “massage therapy (non-healthcare),” to provide proof of full vaccination before entering the indoor portions of an establishment. This requirement is set to go into effect in the City of West Hollywood “[a]s soon as possible, but no later than November 4, 2021.” The City of West Hollywood also requires identified businesses to “ensure that all staff who routinely work on-site provide Proof of Full Vaccination before entering or working in any indoor portion of the facility” as soon as possible, but no later than November 4, 2021.

San Francisco also has imposed strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements for patrons of certain indoor businesses and their staff. Those businesses are ones that serve food or drink and those such as gyms or recreational facilities where exercise is engaged in that involves elevated breathing.  

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09/27/2021 CA Relief Grant

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #66

Dear Certificate Holders, School Owners, and Other Interested Parties:

CAMTC has been made aware of an opportunity for small businesses to apply for COVID-19 grants. Please note that CAMTC does not endorse this program, is not affiliated with this program, and has no relationship with this program, in any way, shape, or form, but is merely passing this information along to you in case you might find it beneficial.  

The FINAL round of funding for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant is happening NOW!

This is your last chance to join the millions of other small businesses that received between

$5,000 and $25,000 to help their businesses get back on track!

The application window is open NOW!

The grant is to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and does not need to be paid back. 

The application process is online and takes a few simple steps. 

This last round of grants ends on September 30th.  DO NOT MISS OUT! APPLY TODAY

 https://careliefgrant.com/

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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07/20/2021 LA Coronavirus Update Telebriefing: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 am

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #65

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has just informed CAMTC that they are having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, was asked to be on this call 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.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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07/05/2021 Coronavirus Update Telebriefing: Thursday, July 8,2021, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #64

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has just informed CAMTC that they are having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CAMTC’s CEO, Ahmos Netanel, was asked to be on this call to answer questions as a subject matter expert. You are invited to be on the call.

INVITE ONLY
Coronavirus Update:
Telebriefing for Personal Care Services
Public Health Officials Provide Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
On June 15, the day the County fully reopened, the saw 210 new cases and the test positivity rate was around 0.5%. Two weeks after the June 15 reopening we are reporting both new cases and the test positivity rate has doubled. This is a signal that the virus is still with us and that even now we need to be careful to mask and maintain a distance from people outside our households, especially those of us who are not yet vaccinated. Our recovery is best supported by continuing to take sensible safety precautions that prevent increases in community transmission. Public Health will conduct a telebriefing to update you on the latest COVID-19 response, discuss current masking requirements for customers and workers, and we will also answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

WHEN:              Thursday, July 8, 2021
                          Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (PDT)
 
WHERE:            Telephone Call-in:   844-291-6355
                           Access Code:            6783594
 
Participants are strongly urged to call in 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to check-in. Participants will need to provide their name and organization. Call starts promptly.
 
WHO:                 Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Health Officer
                           Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
 
                           Rob Ragland, Chief Compliance Officer
                           Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
 
Kristy Underwood, Executive Officer - California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
 
Ahmos Netanel, Chief Executive Officer - California Massage Therapy Council
                                                     
CONTACT:          LA County Department of Public Health | (213) 240-8144 | media@ph.lacounty.gov
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health works to protect health, prevent disease, and promote health and well-being. 
 
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Team CAMTC 

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07/03/2021 LA County DPH Mask Guidance & Telebriefing

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #63

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The LA County Department of Public Health recently updated its mask guidance to recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in indoor public settings and businesses as an extra precaution. That updated guidance can be found here:   
 
http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/masks/
 
While this is merely a recommendation, made by one County Public Health Department, CAMTC believes that this advice is relevant for the entire State.
 
CAMTC would also like to alert our Certificate Holders that LA County Department of Public Health is planning to host another Telebriefing for Personal Care Services and asked CAMTC CEO Ahmos Netanel to join as a subject matter expert.
 
WHEN:         Thursday, July 8, 2021
                    Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (PDT)
 
CAMTC will email you the actual invitation as soon as we get it.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!
 
Team CAMTC 

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06/15/2021 Lifting of Regional Stay At Home Order Today

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #62

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

Here is the most recent information from the State on the lifting of the Stay at Home Order, which can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/

"As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.
The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders: N-07-21PDF and N-08-21PDF. Find details in the California Department of Public Health’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Questions & Answers."

CDPH has also issued a new health order, which can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Beyond-Blueprint.aspx

CDPH has also issued new guidance for face coverings, effective on June 15, 2021, which supersedes and replaces all previous masking guidance requirements. Following is some relevant information from the new masking guidance, which can be found here:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx#June15guidance

"Additionally, masks are required** for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).
For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

**Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts
In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
· Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
· Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
· Require all patrons to wear masks.
No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Exemptions to masks requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:
· Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
· Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
· Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
· Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines."

As always, local cities and counties are authorized to impose more stringent requirements than the State, so please check with your local county for their requirements. https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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