CAMTC COVID-19 Advisory Bulletins

06/01/2021 LA Coronavirus Update Telebriefing: Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #61

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, June 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 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.

 

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04/05/2021 LA Coronavirus Update Telebriefing: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #60

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

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03/08/2021 LA County Invite — Coronavirus Update Telebriefing This Week

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #59

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

 

 

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02/11/2021 Practical guidance for accessing the vaccine

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #58

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

Below please find some general practical advice about how to access the COVID-19 vaccine in your county:

  • Go to EITHER your healthcare provider’s website OR your county’s website and follow their instructions for accessing the vaccine.
  • When they ask about eligibility for the vaccine, certify that you are a health care worker. (Massage Therapy is considered to be a “specialty clinic” under Phase 1a, tier 3. February 4, 2021, guidelines from CDPH state the following regarding eligibility in Phase 1a: “Occupation: Persons at risk of direct patient exposure in settings included in the Health Care and Public Health Sector from the CA Essential Workforce list.” https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/VaccineAllocationGuidelines.aspx )
  • Just in case, you may want to print and bring a copy of the following documents to your vaccine appointment:
    • CAMTC’s February 9, 2021, email announcement about vaccine eligibility (it can also be found on CAMTC’s website at CAMTC.org);
    • CAMTC’s February 10, 2021, bulletin which includes a copy of the email from CDPH stating your eligibility for vaccination in Phase 1a, tier 3. (It can also be found on CAMTC’s website: CAMTC.org).
  • You should also bring your CAMTC ID Card.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!!

Team CAMTC

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02/10/2021 Copy of Communication from CDPH About Vaccine Eligibility

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #57

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

As a matter of public interest, CAMTC is sharing a copy of an inquiry sent to Dr. Tomas Aragon, Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and CDPH’s response from Amy Yan, the CDPH Vaccine Eligibility Coordinator. Here is the link to that email exchange:

https://www.camtc.org/media/1998/covid-vaccine-eligibility-question-and-response.pdf

In the response, Ms. Yan stated the following:

“Massage Therapists are considered Alternative Medical Practitioners. They may receive their vaccine under Phase 1a, tier 3.”

We hope you find this document helpful.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!!

Team CAMTC

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02/09/2021 CDPH Decrees CAMTC Certificate Holders Eligible for Vaccination

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #56

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

In a written confirmation received from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the State of California stated the following:

“Massage Therapists are considered Alternative Medical Practitioners. They may receive their vaccine under Phase 1a, tier 3.”

Please note that the counties continue to be in charge of local vaccine distribution. Due to vaccine availability, each county may be in a different phase of vaccination, though it appears that most counties are currently vaccinating for all tiers in Phase 1a. Please go to your county’s website (county links can be found on each county’s page on CAMTC’s County Massage Reopening Map: https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ ) to see the status of vaccination in your county.

You may use your CAMTC picture ID card for identification purposes. If you have any questions, please contact the CDPH by going here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/contact_us.aspx

Take Care and Stay Healthy!!

Team CAMTC

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02/08/2021 LA County Invite — Another Telebriefing This Week

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #55

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

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02/01/2021 LA County Invite — Telebriefing This Week

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #54

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is having a telebriefing for Personal Care Services this Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

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01/25/2021 Lifting of Regional Stay at Home Order

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #53

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The Governor has announced that as of today, January 25, 2021, the Regional Stay at Home Order has been lifted for all regions of the State. This means that massage may now be performed as personal care service indoors, with modifications, in all counties in the State, unless the county specifically prohibits it. Therefore, please check with your local county to see what is currently allowed.

CAMTC is closely monitoring the situation and our interactive County Massage Reopening Map will be regularly updated as we get more information from each county. Please check here https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ for those updates.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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01/23/2021 COVID Vaccination — CAMTC Certificate Holders

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #52

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holder:

Just to give you a quick heads-up...

We have recently received inquiries from Certificate Holders about whether or not they are classified as healthcare providers and are therefore eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in Phase 1A. Please know that CAMTC’s executive management has already proactively reached out to the Governor and State and County public health officials and have been engaging in diligent communications on this issue.

It is our position that by including the Massage Therapy Act in the Business and Professions Code Division 2 - Healing Arts, along with Physicians, Nurses, Chiropractors, and Respiratory Therapists, that the California Legislature clearly regards CAMTC’s Certificate Holders as healthcare providers. Therefore, we are advocating to include CAMTC Certificate Holders in Phase 1A for COVID-19 vaccinations.

As CAMTC’s executive management has been engaged in intensive constructive discussions with public health officials, we are learning, as you may have already heard, that the State is considering shifting to a priority system primarily based on age. The objective of such a move is to expedite and simplify the vaccine rollout which could provide access for residents 65 and older, but reduce access for some younger essential workers.

Protecting the health and wellbeing of the public and our Certificate Holders is CAMTC’s highest priority. We will keep you informed as CAMTC receives information on this subject.

Take care and stay healthy,

Team CAMTC

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01/14/2021 Vaccination & Lifting of Regional Stay at Home Order

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #51

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

We have 2 quick updates for you:

#1 — The availability and implementation of COVID-19 vaccinations varies widely from county to county. Therefore please contact your county health department for this information.

#2 — The State lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order for the Sacramento Region on January 12, 2021, and the affected counties quickly did the same. Massage is therefore now allowed to occur indoors, with modifications, in the following counties:

  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Colusa
  • El Dorado
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Sacramento
  • Sierra
  • Sutter
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Please visit CAMTC’s Interactive County Massage Reopening Map https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ for the most up to date information

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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12/17/2020 Regional Order for Bay Area

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #50

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

The State’s Regional Stay at Home Order is going into effect on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 11:59 pm, for counties in the Bay Area. The Order will remain in place for a minimum of 3 weeks.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Essential Services Inquiries, “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.” Therefore, according to the CDPH, massage may still be provided, indoors with modifications, in the Regions subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, if it is provided based on a referral from a physician or chiropractor, and the county/city allows it. As the counties have the right to impose stricter requirements than the State, please check with your local county for their requirements.

Please note that the California Department of Public Health is the party that has defined "medical massage,” not CAMTC. If you need further clarification of this definition, please contact: EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov

While many Bay Area Counties have already voluntarily complied with the terms of the Regional Stay at Home Order, as of the date and time noted above it will now apply to all counties in the Bay Area. The following are the Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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12/17/2020 Correction to Virtual Briefing: LA County officials deliver COVID-19 updates - Thursday, December 17, 6:00 -7:30 PM

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #49

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders,

We have just received the correction as per below:

Dear Community and Industry Sector Partners,

Please see corrected attached (Version 2) flyers on our upcoming Virtual Vaccine Townhall on Thursday, December 17, 6:00 -7:30 PM.

The correct social handle is @LAPUBLICHEALTH

Viewers can also submit questions ahead of time to: https://tinyurl.com/askcovidtownhall

Real-time interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Please call numbers below to access:

Spanish: (888) 664-1453
Chinese: (888) 664-1459
Korean: (888) 664-1454

Thank you and we hope you can join us!


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12/16/2020 Virtual Briefing: LA County officials deliver COVID-19 updates - Thursday, December 17, 6:00 -7:30 PM

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #48

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

Here is some information we just received that you may find useful.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC


Dear Community and Industry Sector Partners,

Please see attached flyers on an upcoming Virtual Vaccine Townhall on Thursday, December 17, 6:00 -7:30 PM.

Viewers can also submit questions ahead of time to:
https://tinyurl.com/askcovidtownhall


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfucmnbtYdZ9Kg6V__ZsEORr_TkCrxBv1fsJqZ_HfJAGMwhUQ/viewform

Real-time interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Please call numbers below to access:

Spanish: (888) 664-1453
Chinese: (888) 664-1459
Korean: (888) 664-1454

We hope you can join us!







 

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12/06/2020 Regional Order for Sacramento

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #47

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holder:

The State’s Regional Stay at Home Order went into effect on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 11:59 pm, for counties in the Greater Sacramento Area. The Order will remain in place for a minimum of 3 weeks.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Essential Services Inquiries, “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.” Therefore, according to the CDPH, massage may still be provided, indoors with modifications, in the Regions subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, if it is provided based on a referral from a physician or chiropractor, and the county/city allows it. As the counties have the right to impose stricter requirements than the State, please check with your local county for their requirements.

Please note that the California Department of Public Health is the party that has defined "medical massage,” not CAMTC. If you need further clarification of this definition, please contact: EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov

The Regional Stay at Home Order now applies to the following additional counties:

  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Colusa
  • El Dorado
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Plumas
  • Sacramento
  • Sierra
  • Sutter
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Please visit CAMTC’s Interactive County Massage Reopening Map https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ for the most up to date information.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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12/06/2020 Regional Stay at Home Order

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #46

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holder:

The State’s new Regional Stay at Home Order goes into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm for counties in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Regions. These regions have reached less than 15% ICU availability, therefore personal care services, such as massage in non-healthcare settings, will be required to shut down.

Please note that according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Essential Services Inquiries, “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.” Therefore, according to the CDPH, massage may still be provided, indoors with modifications, in the Regions subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, if it is provided based on a referral from a physician or chiropractor, and the county/city allows it. As the counties have the right to impose stricter requirements than the State, please check with your local county for their requirements.

The Regional Stay at Home Order applies to the following counties (San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Regions):

  • Calaveras
  • Fresno
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Madera
  • Mariposa
  • Merced
  • San Benito
  • San Joaquin
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare
  • Tuolumne
  • Imperial
  • Inyo
  • Los Angeles
  • Mono
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura

Additionally, the following counties have instituted their own local orders which require personal care services, such as massage in non-healthcare settings, to close in the next few days:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Clara

Please visit CAMTC’s Interactive County Massage Reopening Map https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/ for the most up to date information.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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12/05/2020 Notice on new Regional Stay at Home Order

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #45

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

On December 3, 2020, the Governor announced a new policy related to ICU capacity by Region. This is an ever-changing situation, and CAMTC wanted to update you now that the details of the new Regional Stay at Home Order have been publicly shared.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new Regional Stay at Home Order on December 3, 2020, that goes into effect on December 5, 2020. This new policy differs from current State policy as it is based on Region, not County. This new Regional Stay at Home Order REPLACES the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiers for those counties in the Region(s) where it applies. The Regional Stay at home Order can be found here:

https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/12.3.20-Stay-at-Home-Order-ICU-Scenario.pdf

So far, no Region has been designated as one where this new policy will go into effect. However, CDPH has stated that it will evaluate the adult ICU capacity for each Region, and will post on covid19.ca.gov when a Region has reached ICU capacity of less than 15%. The terms of the Regional Stay at Home Order will then take effect 24 hours after CDPH makes this assessment. Once a “Region” is subject to this new Order, it will no longer be part of the county tiers currently identified in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and individuals in the Region must instead follow the terms of the Regional Stay at Home Order. The Regional Order shall remain in effect for at least three weeks from the effective date of the Order.

The relevant terms (for massage providers) of the Regional Stay at Home Order include, but are not limited to, the following:

All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited in the Region unless expressly allowed by the Order;

All individuals living in the Region shall stay at home except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure;

Critical Infrastructure sectors may operate, but must modify operations pursuant to applicable sector guidance;

Note: Critical infrastructure includes healthcare;

Critical infrastructure retailers and retailers may operate indoors at no more than 20% capacity, and must follow State Guidance for retailers; and

After termination of the terms of the Order for a Region, the counties in that Region will then be assigned to a tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and those rules will apply.

Since healthcare is a part of “critical infrastructure,” this means that massage may still operate indoors, with modifications pursuant to State Guidance, if it is provided pursuant to a referral from a physician or a chiropractor in a Region where the Regional Stay at Home Order applies.

For all other counties that are not subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, massage may continue to occur indoors, with modifications, as long as the county does not prohibit it.

Please note that some counties have issued local orders closing personal care services even though the new Regional Stay at Home Order does not apply to their county yet. In these counties, while massage as a personal care service is closed, it may still be performed pursuant to a referral from a physician or chiropractor unless expressly prohibited by the county.

Please see information related to the coming closures in the following counties:

Alameda County - personal care services to close on December 7, 2020.https://covid-19.acgov.org/reopening.page?

City of Berkeley - personal care services to close on December 7, 2020. https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid-19/

Contra Costa County - personal care services to close at 10pm on December 6, 2020.https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders

Marin County - personal care services to close at noon on December 8, 2020.https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-status-update-12042020

San Francisco County - personal care services suspended on December 6, 2020.https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus.asp

Santa Clara County - personal care services to close at 10pm on December 6, 2020. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/mandatory-directives-stay-at-home.aspx

For the most up to date information on the status of massage in your county, please visit CAMTC’s Interactive County Massage Reopening Map, which may be found here: https://www.camtc.org/county-massage-reopening-map/

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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12/03/2020 Statement regarding 12/3/20 Governor's Announcement

CAMTC COVID-19 Bulletin #44

Dear CAMTC Certificate Holders:

CAMTC is aware of the Governor’s announcement today, December 3, 2020, regarding potential new restrictions related to regions of the State and ICU capacity. Information on this new policy may be found here:

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

Please know that we are closely monitoring the situation. While this new policy imposes stricter requirements if certain conditions are met, the exact details of this new policy have not yet been made public and the State has not announced that any region has reached the tipping point requiring that these stricter restrictions be imposed. Currently, massage remains open indoors, with modifications, in all counties and regions in California. As the situation unfolds, we will be sure to share updated information with you.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

Team CAMTC

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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 Considerations. 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.

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 Considerations. 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.

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.

 

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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