May 13, 2020
CMTBC has heard from a number of RMTs who have inquired whether they are permitted to resume practice on May 19, 2020.
BC’s Restart Plan (PDF – see page 14) stated that registered massage therapy, along with other community-based regulated health professions, would resume in Phase 2, which is from “mid-May onwards”, and “under enhanced protocols”.
The Plan did not set out a single specific start date for resumption of RMT practice, only that it had to be (1) on or after mid-May, and (2) with “enhanced protocols” in place.
CMTBC has developed a return-to-practice protocol for RMTs, which is in the approval process and will be posted by the end of this week. RMTs will be required to implement the protocols and to create a return-to-practice plan that is specific to their treatment environment, incorporating the CMTBC guidelines. Once they have done so, they may return to practice, provided that the guidelines continue to be followed carefully and consistently.
When ready, the protocol will be posted on CMTBC’s website.