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UPDATE COVID-19 March 22, 2020

CMMOTA COVID-19 Update March 22, 2020
British Columbia Members

In a news briefing given on March 21, 2020, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, ordered that all personal services businesses involving close physical contact, such as “massage parlors”, must close effective immediately.

Does this order apply to CMTBC registrants only? No, this applies to all practicing massage therapists in the province.

Dr. Henry clarified directly to CMTBC that her order applies to “RMTs working in the community”.  Effectively, that means all BC RMTs must immediately cease practice as of today, March 21, 2020. Any upcoming appointments must be cancelled, and no massage therapy treatment can be delivered until further notice.

RMTs are encouraged to communicate this order to any and all fellow registrants with whom they are in contact.

Saskatchewan Members

In an update given by the province on March 20, 2020, and in effective for March 23, 2020, the immediate Chief Medical Health Officer is updating the public health order under The Public Health Act to further reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 transmission in the province.  At the same time, Premier Scott Moe today (March 20, 2020) signed an order pursuant to the provincial State of Emergency directing that all orders of the government and Chief Medical Health Officer must be followed and that law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan have the full authority to enforce those orders.

In particular for our members: the closure of dental, optometrist, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and podiatry clinics except for non-elective procedures, until further notice.

RMTs are encouraged to communicate this order to any and all fellow registrants with whom they are in contact.


Provincial and Territorial Communications, and other resources:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Getting your work place ready for COVID-19 (PDF)

Government of Canada

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and Risks
Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared
Employment and Social Development Canada

Provincial and Territorial Governments

Alberta Health Services
HealthLink BC
Government of Manitoba
New Brunswick Department of Health
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of Nunavut
Ontario Ministry of Health
PEI Health and Wellness (PDF)
Government of Quebec
Government of Saskatchewan
Yukon Territory Government

CMMOTA will continue to keep all of our members updated with the most current information as it comes available. For any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

Our continued wishes for your health and safety.


Contact the CMMOTA

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
#219, 3722 57 Ave
Red Deer, Alberta
Canada T4N 4R7