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May 4, 2020
Good Morning Alberta CMMOTA Members
We hope that you are enjoying Star Wars Day! We wanted to provide everyone with some information and provide clarity to all of our Alberta members, as there appears to be confusion in the massage and manual osteopathic industry as a whole following last Thursday’s announcement about the “Opening Soon: Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy” plan by the Government of Alberta.
WHEN CAN ALBERTA RMT’s/MOT’s RE-OPEN
Under the “Opening Soon: Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy” plan, Massage Therapy is included in Phase 2, which does not yet have a specified date for implementation. When our Association becomes aware of a date in regard to phase 2’s implementation, we will communicate that to our Alberta members.
We have reached out to the Government for clarification on where Manual Osteopathic therapists will fit into the plan and will communicate that out to Alberta MOT members once we have clarification from the Government.
CLARIFYING PERCEPTIONS AND RESPONSE TO LOBBYING REQUESTS
There has been a lot of chatter on social media surrounding RMT’s not being included in the Relaunch until phase 2. Additionally, it has been suggested that as an association, and as individual massage therapists we need to be lobbying the government to be included earlier in the plan, and that somehow not being included in phase 1 shows that the government does not view RMT’s as health professionals.
As an Association, we would like to correct a perception that anyone in Alberta Health does not regard Massage Therapists as health care professionals. Jeremy, our Government and Industry Relations Manager, can say from personal contact with all levels within Alberta Health that such is definitely not the case, if it were, the drive to see our profession regulated under the Health Professions Act would not be moving forward.
As an Association we are aware of the reasons why the Government of Alberta has put Massage Therapists into the second phase, and it has to do with perceived risks related to the potential spread of the virus and the person to person contact that is part of our profession. At this time we will not be lobbying for an inclusion in the first phase of reopening, as we trust in the decisions that have been reached by Dr. Hinshaw and her team in consulting with the Government on the "Opening Soon: Alberta relaunch strategy."
COVID 19 RETURN TO WORK POLICY, GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS
Here at CMMOTA we are working on COVID 19 Return to Work Policy, Guidelines and Protocols, which once ready, will be released by email to membership. These will meet or exceed all provincial standards across the country.
We have taken the proactive approach of contacting the government for clarification on PPE specifics for massage therapy, primarily because we have been hearing conflicting information about what PPE is required, and we are awaiting an answer back from them before sending out a list of necessary PPE requirements to our members because we want to make sure that the information we send out is 100% correct, and not cause a bunch of our members to go purchase items that they do not in fact need. As soon as we have that information back, we will be sharing the information with our membership, so that those who wish to return to work may begin sourcing the necessary PPE.
CLARIFICATION ON MALPRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE
We have been assured by our Malpractice and Professional Liability Insurance Broker that our insurance will cover membership once the stop-work orders have been lifted by the various levels of government. The key to protecting yourselves in practice once you return to work will be following the new set of protocols that are currently in development and documenting adequately that you have followed the new set of protocols.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to us by email to [email protected].
THE CMMOTA TEAM