RE: Information regarding your state's back-to-practice permission date and safety guidelines to minimize risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Permission to Practice Immediately
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-23 (https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-23_phase_two_expanding_opening_COVID-19.pdf) on May 18, 2020, permitting all massage therapy establishments to reopen immediately except in Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties. The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm) reports businesses may reopen in those counties May 29, 2020.
Massage therapy establishments that reopen should follow the minimum standard heath protocols (https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Massage-Personal-Care-Beauty-Services.pdf) assembled by the state, and owners are encouraged to review the health protocols checklist for customers (https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Massage-Personal-Care-Beauty-Service-Customers.pdf).
Additional Safety Resources
ABMP understands there is a fine line between getting back to work and earning an income and protecting the safety of you and your clients. As you consider returning to work, we urge you to make government permission to work only one element of your decision about whether and when to reopen. Please review ABMP’s Back-to-Practice Guidelines (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/summary) to help reduce risk and keep you and your clients safe.
We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/forms-printouts) including office policies, screening questionnaires, and posters to remind clients about social distancing and handwashing.
We appreciate your membership and will continue working on your behalf to update you as we learn more. Be safe and be well.