Last update: January 10, 2021 (11h05 AM)
More details about the curfew and the tightening of public health measures
FQM members and massage therapists raised a number of questions in response to the announcement of stricter sanitary measures, effective until February 8, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec, including the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. As mentioned in our press release issued on January 7, massage therapists are authorized to continue their professional activities.
Details concerning the curfew
As specified in an article published by Radio-Canada on January 7, 2021 and confirmed by a government decree, clients are authorized to go to, and return from, a massage therapist’s workplace, even after the curfew. The same applies to massage therapists going to a client’s home, a clinic or a spa for work purposes.
Proof of transportation after 8 p.m.
Massage therapists who work in a spa or a clinic after 8 p.m. may be required to present proof. The attestation – Déplacement durant le couvre-feu décrété par le gouvernement du Québec – can be completed by the employer (downloadable link – in French only).
For massage therapists going to a client’s home or for massage therapy clients, a proof of appointment, receipt, or invoice may be acceptable.
Reminder concerning massage therapy delivered in spas
While spas are closed, they are authorized to offer massage therapy care. However, it’s important to remember that the sale of products is prohibited while on the spa premises or in conjunction with the delivery of massage therapy services.
Update on containment and curfew from January 9 to February 8 inclusively
Massage therapists, including those who work in a spa, can continue their professional activities, in spite of stricter measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 across the province.
The Premier confirmed to the FQM that the decree authorizing the delivery of massage therapy services during the holiday period still applies.
The Government of Quebec also posted the following statement on its website: “These closures do not apply to professional healthcare workers (dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, etc.), who can continue to carry out their activities. (Québec.ca)
Details concerning the curfew
The Government of Quebec issued the following statement: “Starting on Saturday, a curfew will be applied between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Between those hours, all residents are prohibited from leaving their homes, except in the event of exceptions that justify doing so, for example to receive health care, for humanitarian reasons, or to carry out priority work.” (Québec.ca)
The governement will soon provide further details on the curfew. We will forward any information in connection with your practice as soon as it is made available.
Administrative staff authorized on the work premises
Employees whose physical presence is deemed necessary to maintain the organization’s massage therapy activities are authorized to be on the work premises (e.g. assistant, receptionist or maintenance staff).
The FQM continuing its telework activities
Our offices will remain closed for the duration of the lockdown, but all our services will be maintained via telework.
COVID-19 Red Zones : The Impact on Massage Therapy
Government measures to break the second wave of COVID-19 were tightened in several regions, which will transition to the maximum alert level on Thursday, October 1, 2020. As of today, we can provide answers to the following questions from our members. Please check for updates, as these measures may be subject to change.
Which regions and MRCs have become red zones?
You can check the status of your region by viewing the map of COVID-19 alert levels on the government of Québec website. We recommend that you carefully review the map on a regular basis. Please note that some regions have partially entered the red zone, depending on the MRC concerned.
What impact will a change to the red zone have on massage therapy?
Can I continue receiving clients at my home-based private office?
Yes. The Sectoral workforce committee checked with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, which confirmed that offering massage therapy care in private offices is permitted, provided that the applicable sanitary measures are observed.
We wish to remind members that if you offer massage therapy care at home, most municipalities ask for an occupancy permit for your commercial activity. If a neighbour complains about visitors to your home, you can thus show them your permit in good standing.
Can I massage a client at his or her home?
Yes. “Individuals offering services or support” are accepted as visitors to homes (Québec.ca).
Can I travel from a red zone to a different coloured zone for work (spa, clinic, client’s home)?
Yes. Workers can travel from one region to another (Québec.ca). The FQM recommends that members exercise the utmost caution and reminds them that, as a general rule, inter-regional travel is not advised.
Are spas staying open?
Massage therapy is maintained, but other leisure installations must close. The FQM is closely monitoring the situation and will inform you if the applicable measures change.
Can massage therapists work in long-term care homes (CHSLDs), care settings and retirement homes?
The FQM is currently studying the question. In the meantime, we recommend that you check with the establishment in question to learn more about the measures that are in place.
Can in-person massage therapy courses continue?
Yes. Training institutions in red zones are not currently closed. However, qualifying training institutions are required to comply with the applicable CNESST measures.
What should I do if I experience anxiety concerning the risk of infection?
Resources are available on the government of Québec website. You can also contact Info-Social service by dialing 8-1-1.
Will the government offer financial assistance in the event that we are obliged to cease our activities due to a COVID-19 infection or a mandatory isolation prescribed by public health authorities?
A series of federal financial assistance programs are awaiting adoption by the Parliament of Canada. The CERB will be replaced by the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) for self-employed workers, whereas salaried employees will be redirected towards employment insurance with flexible conditions. A Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is also planned for work stoppages due to COVID-19 (for further information). We will update you once these programs come into effect.
The FQM team is continuing its efforts to facilitate your work, in spite of these difficult circumstances. We thank you for your continued trust.
The FQM team and its board of directors
The Professional Liability Waiver for printing or digital use is available in English here (member’s only access).
Our Procédure de reprise des activités has been translated in English. Please read our Guidelines for the Resumption of Massage Therapy in the Context of COVID-19 (IMPORTANT: there has been changes to the Public Health’s recommendations. We are working on updating the guidelines. Please read our detailed announcements in French for additional information.)