Last update: October 1st, 2020 

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? 

Massage therapy services can be maintained in a red zone, in compliance with sanitary measures established by the INSPQ and the CNESST

 

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

 

Important Resources 

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.) 

This document is based on the recommendations of Quebec’s public health center and the toolkit produced by the CNESST.