COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 

(Last updated – July 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change rapidly, as does the information available regarding directives and recommendations. MTAM is working tirelessly to convey information and develop resources for you to effectively manage through this pandemic.

The MTAM office has re-opened by appointment only at this time. Please email info@mtam.mb.ca for an appointment. Individuals will be asked screening questions prior to entering the office and are encouraged to wear a mask.

This page is dedicated to COVID-19 information and is available on the public side of the website so that you and your staff can easily access the information. Other resources are specific to MTAM members and are found in the Member Portal under the Business Tips & Practice Advice section. We encourage you to check these pages daily to look for new and/or updated information.


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Phase 3 Begins on June 21st: Business occupancy restrictions to be lifted  for RMTs.

June 21st is the confirmed start date for Phase 3 of the Restoring Safe Services Plan for Manitoba. Read the full announcement on the Government of Manitoba website.

Changes affecting RMTs in the Phase 3 Draft Plan include:

  • The lifting of occupancy limits for regulated and non-regulated health professions, including registered massage therapists. 
  • Service providers must continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) recognizes that the gradual re-opening involves multifaceted considerations, primarily the safety of the public and of its members, and is there to provide guidance and support. 

MTAM members are advised to continue to follow The Restoring Safe Services Plan guidelines and the additional recommendations in the MTAM Return to Practice Guidelines. In particular:

  • Continue to use recommended PPE;
  • Continue to ensure people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
  • Only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
  • Continue to apply enhanced cleaning protocols, including common areas like washrooms;
  • Continue to allow appropriate time between appointments for sanitization;
  • Ensure staff stay home when feeling sick; and
  • Follow personal risk reduction measures.

Public safety has always been of utmost concern for MTAM and its members. Patients are encouraged to contact their RMT with any treatment-related questions. MTAM members are aware of screening and safety procedures and can answer questions or direct patients to contact Health Links as appropriate. 

“MTAM members are committed to providing professional healthcare and delivering profound results,” says MTAM Board President Tami Laird. “They care about the safety of their patients and the public, and about upholding the guidelines and protocols to ensure we continue to flatten the curve. MTAM and its Board of Directors fully support members, whether they have already returned to work, or if they are taking additional time to prepare. We are in this together.” 

MTAM encourages members to watch the Returning to Practice webinar, and to refer to the MTAM website COVID-19 page and Member Portal for updates and other resources. They may also contact MTAM for individual practice advice when needed.


 

Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government Announcements
This section contains regular announcements or declarations by both Federal and Provincial Governments.

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Clinical Information
This section contains information on clinical resources available to practitioners based on Shared Health Manitoba, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.

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Small Business Resources and Employment Insurance
This section contains information on how to manage the pandemic as a small business owner, including your responsibilities to your employees and what government supports will be available to employees and self-employed individuals. This is an area that we expect to evolve rapidly in the next few weeks as government support plans become more fully developed.

Financial Supports

Business Supports

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General Pandemic Information
This section provides links to trusted sources on the pandemic and a link to travel advisories that affect all Canadians.

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Additional Resources 

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