Information for ABMP Members on State Updates Regarding COVID-19

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COVID-19 Updates

for the Massage Profession

Updated May 30, 2020.

We are tracking state updates on COVID-19 closures and re-openings and updating as often as possible. Like many of you, we are seeking greater clarity from the states, and we are working urgently to obtain the information you need to make decisions and move forward.

Your liability insurance is valid as long as you are in compliance with your state and local regulations. Because many states are opening in phases and or opening regions or counties individually, we encourage you to view your state's website and contact your local authorities for specific regulations and official information in your area. 

As states and counties re-open, there are many factors to consider when returning to a post-COVID world, and we encourage you to review our Back-to-Practice Guide that address these issues and guides you on mitigating risk and helping to keep you and your clients safe.  

Please email gr@abmp.com to share updates from your state and local governments. 

 

Alabama

May 15:

  • Governor Kay Ivey on issued an amended Safer at Home Order, expanding the list of businesses permitted to reopen. Close-contact service providers including barbershops, hair salons, waxing and threading salons, nail salons and spas, and and massage therapy establishments and services may reopen May 11, 2020, but must comply with the rules in the linked document on p. 3. https://governor.alabama.gov/assets/2020/05/Safer-at-Home-Order-FINAL-5.8.2020.pdf

May 4:

March 27:

  • As a result of the COVID-19 interruptions of study, the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering (ABOCB) will accept course work for distance-learning programs beginning March 16, 2020, through April 13, 2020, for clock hour courses for theory instruction that lead to licensure with ABOCB. Effective at the close of business on March 19, 2020, all written and practical exam testing sites will be closed until April 13, 2020. PSI is allowing candidates to reschedule exams at no additional charge. Please contact PSI at 833-333-4751 or 800-733-9267 to reschedule your exam. https://aboc.alabama.gov/frequently-asked-questions/

March 19:

The Jefferson County Department of Health on Thursday ordered the closing of all non-essential businesses and services due to the risk of infection by COVID-19 (https://www.wvtm13.com/article/coronavirus-latest-news-updates-and-impacts-in-central-alabama/31446979). Non-essential services include:

  • Entertainment, including night clubs, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children’s play places, pool halls, adult gaming and entertainment venues
  • Recreation facilities, including gyms and fitness centers, swimming pools and spas, excluding licensed physical therapy services
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Concert venues and auditoriums, theaters
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, planetariums, parades)
  • Body art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage businesses
  • Waxing salons/threading salons
  • Museums and galleries
  • Performing arts centers/events/rehearsals
  • Social clubs, casinos
  • Proms, formals, and other similar events 
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Alaska

May 26:

May 5:

  • According to Health Mandate 15, massage therapists are identified as "Health Care Providers." Health Care Providers are allowed to return to work as of April 20, 2020, so long as they follow protocols laid out in the mandate. These protocols include minimizing physical contact if possible, weighing the risk of return to staff and patients, face coverings such as masks for front desk staff and surgical masks "for those involved in non-aerosolizing direct patient care," providing adequate PPE for employees, previsit screenings, marked social distancing in lobbies and waiting rooms, limited occupancy, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, and enhanced airflow. https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/04152020-COVID-19-Mandate-015.pdf

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Arkansas

May 14:

March 26:
  • At this time the Governor has mandated closure of cosmetology establishments and massage therapy clinics. Establishments and clinics should close by 12:00 p.m. March 25, 2020. During the public health emergency, all approved continuing education courses, whether approved for hands-on or online, can be administered online. All required 18 hours of continuing education can be obtained through online courses. Until the public health emergency is lifted, one of the following guidelines can be used for license renewals: Renewals can be mailed in without the required 18 hours of continuing education; however, the hours should be submitted within 90 days after the conclusion of the public health emergency. Renewals can be deferred for 90 days past expiration without late fee penalties after the conclusion of the public health emergency. https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/massage-therapy

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Arizona

May 14:

  • Governor Ducey signed Executive Order 2020-36 allowing all businesses, including massage therapy to open as of May 16 at 12:00 am. Businesses are required to establish policies based on CDC, DOL, OSHA, and ADHS protocols that include intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation practices; monitoring for sickness; physical distancing; PPE; and no more than 10 people congregating in an area. Guidance specific to massage therapy can also be found on the Arizona Board of Massage web page at https://massagetherapy.az.govhttps://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/executive_order_2020-36_return_stronger.pdf

April 3:

  • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Executive Order 2020-18 on March 30, 2020. The "Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected" order begins March 31, 2020 until April 30, 2020. Businesses and entities that remain open shall implement rules and procedures that facilitate physical distancing and spacing of individuals of at least six feet. Non-essential businesses may continue to operate activities that do not require in-person, on-site transactions. https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-18_stay_home_stay_healthy_stay_connected_1.0.pdf

March 27:

  • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Executive Order 2020-17 on March 26, 2020. The order states: "A state agency or board that licenses individuals or entities as indicated herein shall: a) defer requirements to renew licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and September 1, 2020, by six months from the expiration date, unless those requirements can be completed online; b) Defer requirements to complete continuing education by six months, unless those requirements can be completed online or due to the nature of the license is not practical; c) suspend any rules that prevent or limit the amount of online or alternative learning hours permitted to issue or renew a license; d) make every attempt to implement electronic or remote format examinations for licensure where feasible; any fees required to be collected by the state agency or board may be waived." This order applies to the following boards: the Board of Barbers, the Board of Cosmetology, and the Board of Massage Therapy. PDF Download

March 25:

  • Governor Doug Ducey today issued an executive order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” by the state and providing certainty to business owners, employees, and families. The order is a proactive and administrative measure to ensure consistent guidance across the state. It does not appear to include cosmetology or massage therapy services in the list of essential services; please reference link for complete list. https://azbigmedia.com/business/ducey-issues-pair-of-covid-19-executive-orders/
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California

May 30:

  • Massage therapists are not allowed to open at this time. The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) sent an email late Friday evening with the following update: "Today, however, we received an additional communication from the Director of the Department of Health Care Services: I apologize but my answer was premature, and any decision about broader availability of massage therapy is a decision that should come from the California Department of Public Health and local health departments. So please wait for direction from CDPH and local health departments. I am sorry for any confusion my answer has caused. Thank you. The up-to-date reality is that the State is not yet giving counties permission for massage therapists to generally provide services in California." What is happening in California has been very confusing and ABMP is working to clarify the status of practice for our members. We encourage you to check with your county to stay on top of the guidelines, and you can sign up for local county alerts at https://covid19.ca.gov/sign-up-for-county-alerts.

May 7:

  • California's Update on the RoadMap Forward indicates that Personal Services will be open in Stage 3. Counties will also be able to work with the state to reopen sooner. More information should be available in the coming week. Read the update here.

May 6:

April 16:

March 19:

  • The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/
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Colorado

April 28:

April 27:

  • Governor Polis is expected to officially announce in the coming days the parameters for personal services businesses to reopen with strict precautions beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) stresses that if you are not currently operating as a critical service business, you should not open your doors on April 27, 2020. Please note that lifting statewide restrictions does not relieve you of continuing to comply with local public health orders. DORA will communicate via email a comprehensive summary of state-level information and guidance specific to your industry. Personal services should not take place until these directives are conveyed, can be fully implemented, and you can safely reopen, should you choose to do so.April 23. The current Executive Order expires on April 26, 2020. A new Executive Order outlining a tiered reopening of Colorado, with guidance, will be issued on April 27, 2020. No massage therapists, estheticians, or cosmetologists should reopen their businesses on April 27. DORA will be sending a message to licensees by April 27.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CODORA/bulletins/28821be

April 21:

  • Legislative update from ABMP: Colorado COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists
  • On April 20, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announces guidelines for a gradual reopening of the state. The Governor explained this will include strong recommendations and restrictions for businesses that are allowed to slowly reopen in the coming weeks. Personal service providers and elective medical providers, including hair salons, dental offices and tattoo shops, will be able to reopen with some precautions on April 27, 2020. Massage therapy was not exclusively mentioned, however, it is our assumption they too will be allowed to reopen. We are working with DORA and other state officials for clarification. https://www.denverpost.com/2020/04/20/colorado-coronavirus-covid-stay-at-home-order-ends/

April 20:

  • Colorado is online and accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications as of Monday, April 20, 2020, for independent contractors, self-employed, gig workers, and other persons in similar situations. Start the process here: www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment

April 6:

  • Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 24 on April 6, 2020, that extended the stay at home order through April 26, 2020.

April 2:

  • Regarding Governor Polis’s March 19, 2020, Executive Order 2020 009 banning elective and non-emergency procedures: DORA-licensed massage therapists need to be diligent about compliance with the order. The state strongly recommends all licensed professionals adhere to CDPHE’s guidance regarding social distancing. Under this guidance, individuals are advised not to interact unless they can maintain a six-foot distance to prevent the spread of the virus. Contact between practitioners and clients should be limited to essential services only.​​​​​​​ Download PDF

March 26:

  • Gov. Jared Polis said he is issuing a statewide stay-at-home order effective Thursday morning in his latest attempt to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The order, unveiled Wednesday afternoon at a news conference, goes into effect Thursday at 6:00 a.m. and continues until at least April 11. The order generally requires Coloradans to stay home unless they need to leave for necessary business reasons or to get food, exercise, or seek medical care. Businesses deemed “critical” are exempt. ​​​​​​​https://coloradosun.com/2020/03/25/colorado-staty-at-home-order-coronavirus/

March 19:

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued Order 20-22 on March 19, 2020, which ordered the closure of nonessential personal service facilities through April 30, 2020. “Nonessential personal services” are those that are not necessary to maintain an individual’s health or safety, and include but are not limited to hair and nail salons, spas, or massage establishments.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health Order. “This order, effective immediately, impacts DORA licensees in the Barber/Cosmetology and Massage Therapy fields. Hair stylists, nail technicians, barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists, and shop owners in the barber/cosmetology industry licensed by the Division of Professions and Occupations are impacted.” Order in place through April 30, 2020.
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Connecticut

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Delaware

May 21:

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District of Columbia

May 18:

March 31:

  • D.C. issued a stay-at-home order Monday, March 30, for its residents to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, which goes into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Everyone in D.C. must stay at their residence, with certain exceptions, such as: getting medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth, getting food and essential household goods, performing or accessing essential governmental functions, working at essential businesses, engaging in essential travel, or engaging in allowable recreational activities. A person who does not follow the order could be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to 90 days, or both. View the mayor's orders here:​​​​​​​ https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Mayors-Order-2020-054-Stay-at-Home.pdf
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Florida

May 21:

  • According to our latest information from the state board, “Massage Therapists, are health care practitioners, and were fully authorized to practice massage therapy on May 4, 2020, under Section 5 of EO 20-112. Governor DeSantis issued EO-20-112, on April 29, 2020, which can be read here. This executive order authorized healthcare practitioners, including massage therapists and massage establishments, to return to practice during phase one under certain conditions in all counties in Florida. We would encourage you to read the executive order in full.” The following conditions apply, and are available on page 6 (A-D) of the order at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EO-20-112.pdf: The facility has the capacity to convert additional “facility-identified” surgical and intensive care beds in case of a surge; The facility has “adequate” PPE to complete all medical procedures without requesting assistance from the federal or state governments to obtain the PPE; The facility has not requested assisted federal, state, or local government assistance in obtaining PPE; and The facility “has not refused to provide support to and proactively engage with skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other long-term care residential providers.” ABMP continues to work on clarifying the meaning of these mandated provisions and how those apply to massage therapy, but interpretations of these conditions are unfortunately not available from the Governor’s office or the Department of Health, and they are the only offices that can interpret the Executive Order. In addition, make sure that you are aware of and following any specific county guidelines as well.

April 16:

April 3:

March 24:

  • The Board, by emergency rule, will permit the following hours to be taught using distance learning: 150 of Anatomy and Physiology; 25 of Massage Theory and History; 15 of Business; 3 of Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy; 10 of Florida Laws and Rules; 4 of Professional Ethics; 3 of HIV/AIDS; and 2 of Prevention of Medical Errors. This action is considered a regulatory approach to help mitigate student/teacher exposure to COVID-19.

March 23:

  • Massage therapists should not be practicing per a March 20 executive order and an email from the Massage Therapy Board: "Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, regarding non-essential elective medical procedures. All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition." https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-72.pdf
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Georgia

April 27:

  • Legislative Update from ABMP: Georgia COVID-19 State Updates for Massage Therapists
  • On April 23, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order 04.23.20.01, which outlines the additional measures that esthetics, hair, and massage therapy businesses must take upon reopening this Friday, April 24, 2020. The protocols are listed on page 15 of the document. NOTE: The order does not require that you open your businesses, but provides regulation in the event that you do.​​​​​​​ Read the PDF here

April 21:

  • Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on April 20, 2020, that gyms, fitness centers, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, and massage therapists will be allowed to reopen their doors this Friday, April 24, 2020. The entities reopening are required to follow Minimum Basic Operation, which include among other things: Personal Protective Equipment available to all workers, increasing physical space between worksites “to at least six (6) feet, suspending the use of pin pads or electronic signature capture, requiring and screening for sick workers, and providing for hand-sanitizing or washing stations at appropriate places, among other things. In addition, not more than 10 people shall be allowed to gather at a location if there is not six(6) feet between them. Staggering shifts is also required. "Minimum Basic Operations are limited to “The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business. . . to provide services, manage inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits. Schools are allowed to use distance learning through the end of the emergency, which may be as soon as May 14, 2020. ​​​​​​​https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-04-20/gov-kemp-updates-georgians-covid-19

April 1:

March 27:

  • The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers acknowledges the concerns of all involved parties about the spread of COVID-19. Under careful consideration, the Board voted to allow all Board licensed and approved schools to teach the theory portion of the curriculum through online education. Schools may utilize electronic education through current national programs such as Milady or Pivot Point, or classes taught through webinars like Go To Meeting, Citrix, and others. The practical part of the curriculum must still be taught inside the school.​​​​​​​https://sos.ga.gov/PLB/acrobat/Forms/28%20Reference%20-%20COVID-19%20Memorandum%20for%20Schools.pdf
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Hawaii

May 18:

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March 25:

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Idaho

May 19:

April 27:

  • Any facility or service (including formerly "nonessential" businesses) can begin to operate via curbside services, drive-in, drive-through pickup, mailed services, or delivery services through to April 30, 2020.

March 27:

  • Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order. All restaurants must immediately stop having dining in services and can only have drive-through, curbside, delivery, and to-go orders. Non-essential businesses, such as bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, and hair and nail salons, will need to close. ​​​​​​​https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=BCB
  • On March 16, 2020, at its regularly scheduled and noticed meeting, the Board voted to allow barber and cosmetology schools to use distance learning for Theory courses, including the use of mannequin heads if necessary, from now until April 6, 2020. At its April 2, 2020, meeting, the Board will revisit this decision and provide further guidance to schools at that time. ​​​​​​​https://idahonews.com/news/coronavirus/idaho-governor-brad-little-coronavirus-update-wednesday-covid19
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Illinois

May 27:

May 21:

  • Clarification: A Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity FAQ issued in April, 2020, and updated as of May 20, 2020, confirmed that massage therapy is not considered an essential business unless the treatment is being performed due to a physician's order. Barbershops and hair salons are also considered nonessential, but can be open for retail sales only at this time. https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Documents/Essential%20Business%20FAQ.pdf

May 20:

May 8:

April 17:

March 20:

  • Shelter in Place order issued for all people except for essential services through 4/7/2020. Massage therapy is not included in essential services. ABMP is seeking clarification on massage therapy offered in a health-care setting that is included in essential services. Any professional licenses issued by the department with renewal dates between March 1, 2020, through and including July 31, 2020, are granted an automatic extension to renew to September 30, 2020. Under the measures, all massage therapy schools are permitted to offer online instruction for their lecture-based, non-hands-on courses, and all cosmetology schools are permitted to teach online theory courses above the current 10 percent hour limitation for students who are graduating on or before July 31, 2020.​​​​​​​ https://kanecountyconnects.com/2020/03/covid-19-illinois-update-oak-park-shelter-in-place-lightfoot-asks-people-to-stay-home-metra-sched-update/
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Indiana

May 20:

May 18:

  • On May 1, 2020, Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-26, introducing five stages that will be used to reopen the state of Indiana, with each additional stage being subject to fewer restrictions and limitations than the previous stage. Per the order, personal service businesses, including spas, salons, barbershops, and massage therapy establishments, are to remain closed in Stage 1. However, these businesses may reopen and begin operation one week following Stage 2. The date depends on the county you live in. Refer to the linked document on page 8 for the safefy protocols you must follow to reopen. For counties advancing to Stage 2 on May 4, 2020, personal service businesses may open May 11, 2020. For counties advancing to Stage 2 on May 11, 2020, personal service businesses may open May 18, 2020. For counties advancing to Stage 2 on May 18, 2020, personal service businesses may open May 23, 2020. https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-26%20Roadmap%20to%20Reopen.pdf

May 14:

  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and massage therapy establishments may reopen in Stage 2 of Back on Track Indiana. Personal service professions open a week after the county opens. As such, Professional Service Businesses may reopen in all counties except Lake, Marion, and Cass counties on May 11, 2020; in Lake and Marion counties on May 18, 2020; and Cass county on May 25, 2020. All businesses must operate by appointment only. Employees and clients must wear face coverings to the extent practicable, and work stations must be spaced to meet social distancing guidelines and must be cleaned after each customer. https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-26%20Roadmap%20to%20Reopen%20Indiana.pdf

April 13:

March 27:

  • From the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA): licenses issued by the State that are set to expire in the next 60 days will instead expire on May 22, 2020. This means that any license that is currently active will remain active until at least May 22. This will affect the following professions licensed under PLA: cosmetology, barbering, and massage therapy.​​​​​​​https://www.in.gov/pla/4092.htm
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Iowa

May 15:

May 7:

  • Salons (cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring), barbershops, medical spas, and massage therapy establishments may reopen on May 15, 2020, except in the following counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuqe, Fayette, Henry Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, and Woodbury. However, salons and barbershops may open on May 15, 2020, in the above counties. Massage therapy businesses cannot.​​​​​​​https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/documents/disasters/proclamations/2020/PROC_2020_44_COVID-19_April27.pdf

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Kansas

May 21:
  • Under "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas," nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may reopen May 18, 2020, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or by online check-in. Businesses must meet the requirements found on page 15 of this document: https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reopen-Kansas-Framework-v5-1.pdf

April 21:

April 14:

  • Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order No. 20-24 on April 14, 2020, extending the statewide stay at home order through May 3, 2020. The Kansas Board of Cosmetology Licensed Schools authorized the Executive Director to temporarily approve school requests for distance learning for students currently enrolled where the distance learning venue meets the statutory 1:25 student-instructor ratio and a method of tracking attendance is in place. Schools requesting approval should email KBOC@ks.gov.​​​​http://www.kansas.gov/kboc/Notices/03132020_Notice.pdf
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Kentucky

May 8:

  • Governor Beshear's Healthy at Work plan announced massage therapy, hair salons, barbershops, cosmetology businesses, and nail salons can open May 25. Keep checking the Healthy at Work website for guidelines for each of the professions that you will need to have in place before you can reopen.​​​​​​​ https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work

March 25:

  • All "non-life-sustaining" businesses in Kentucky will be closed to in-person traffic by 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26, as Kentucky officials try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, Governor Andy Beshear said Tuesday. Beshear said the businesses impacted by the latest order will be spelled out in an executive order Wednesday. Many businesses and retailers have already closed to in-person traffic, and Beshear said staples like groceries, pharmacies, and gas stations will continue to operate throughout the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​​​​​​​https://www.wdrb.com/news/gov-beshear-non-life-sustaining-ky-businesses-will-be-closing/article_8b95520e-6e1a-11ea-98d2-d76e443748f6.html
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Louisiana

March 25:

  • Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana. People can leave their homes to do essential things like buying groceries or food, pick up medicine, or go to work only if their job is essential. If you have to go out, make sure you practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and the people around you. The order is set to expire at the end of the night on Sunday, April 12. The new Stay at Home order has limits on the following: All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage establishments, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.​​​​​​​ https://gov.louisiana.gov/order/
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Maine

May 7:

  • Governor Mills updated Restarting Maine's Economy, a staged approach to the reopening of Maine's businesses. Barbershops and hair salons may open for hair services only, and there are protocols that must be followed. It appears nail technicians and manicurists may open in June in Stage 2., and massage therapists and estheticians in Stage 3 in July or August.​​​​​​​https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine

March 25:

  • The Governor issued an order Tuesday afternoon that includes heavier restrictions on Maine businesses and groups as a means to further urge social distancing to prevent the spread of the pandemic illness. Effective March 25 at 12:01 a.m., the Governor has mandated that "all non-essential businesses close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor, or other in-person contact." Additionally, Governor Mills has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses that require more than 10 people to be in a space where physical distancing is not practical. This mandated closure of businesses will remain in place for a period of fourteen days, until April 8.​​​​​​​ https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Governor-Mills-issues-order-mandating-14-day-closure-of-non-essential-businesses-569064071.html
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Maryland

May 19:

April 27:

  • Examiners at their April 22, 2020, meeting voted to suspend most continuing education requirements this renewal cycle for licensed massage therapists. Licensees will need to complete seven CE hours in the following areas: three hours in ethics, three hours in communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS), and one hour in diversity/cultural competency. ABMP offers ethics courses and a communicable disease course that covers HIV/AIDS to help you meet your CE requirements. Visit the ABMP Education Center (www.abmp.com/ce) to earn free CE.

March 31:

  • Maryland will be under a "stay-at-home" order beginning at 8:00 p.m. March 30. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement the same morning in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The executive order instructs residents to stay at home and only travel outside their residence for a handful of reasons. They include going out to obtain medical supplies or services, picking up groceries or other necessary products, and going out to public spaces to engage in activities. Hogan said any Maryland resident who violates the order will be convicted of a misdemeanor and subject to up to a year in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.​​​​​​​ https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2020/03/30/maryland-coronavirus-stay-home-order-lockdown-hogan-governor/5087239002/

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Massachusetts

May 20:

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Michigan

May 26:

May 8:

May 4:

  • Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-67 and Executive Order 2020-68, clarifying that a state of emergency and disaster remain in effect across the state of Michigan through May 28, 2020. The governor will evaluate the continuing need for the orders prior to expiration, and terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat and danger has passed.​​​​​​​https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90640-527721--,00.html

April 29:

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April 10:

March 26:

  • Executive Order 2020-20 was issued, which states: "To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is reasonable and necessary to impose limited and temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation." The Executive Order clarified an earlier order that imposed such restrictions by clarifying which facilities are deemed "non-essential." The order continues: "Beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., and continuing until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public ... Non-essential personal care services, [including] hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services that require individuals to be within six feet of each other. This does not include services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider."​​​​​​​ https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522576--,00.html?fbclid=IwAR1cziSB8ViFeOyBfWyRlrMRSMoB91axCqk0iSij99hYvHbUOFWoE29sBJs

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Minnesota

May 22:

May 14:

  • Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-56, which provides guidance on when massage therapists, estheticians, and cosmetologists might be able to return to work. Sections 7(a) and (b) on page 5 extend the stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020, and specific profession guidance will be revealed to the public by May 20, 2020, with the intention to open these businesses on June 1, 2020. https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-56%20Final_tcm1055-431921.pdf

May 11:

May 7:

  • Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-48, which extends the stay at home order through May 17, 2020. Barbershops and salons may open to sell retail products, not services, provided they have protocols in place that can be found on page 20 at Section 8(b). ​​​​​​​https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-48%20Final_tcm1055-430499.pdf

March 27:

  • Tim Walz, Governor of the State of Minnesota, issued an Executive Order closing the following business: tanning and body art establishments, tattoo and piercing parlors, businesses offering massage therapy or similar bodywork, spas, salons, nail salons, cosmetology salons, esthetician salons, advanced practice esthetician salons, eyelash salons, and barber shops. This includes, but is not limited to, all salons and shops licensed by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners and the Minnesota Board of Barber Examiners.

March 23:

  • Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-08, clarifying the types of businesses and places of public accommodation subject to closure per Executive Order 20-04. The executive order clarifies that the closure order applies to salons, barbershops, and other similar establishments. The governor modified Executive Order 20-04 to close "businesses offering massage therapy" through March 27 at 5:00 pm.​​​​​​​ https://mn.gov/boards/assets/EO-20-08_Clarifying%20Public%20Accommodations_tcm21-423750_tcm21-423783.pdf
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Mississippi

May 18:

May 14:

  • Governor Tate Reeves announced that salons and barbershops will be allowed to resume operations on May 11, 2020, in the latest step in reopening Mississippi's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses must meet cleaning and social distancing guidelines to operate. View the complete list of safety protocols here: https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=08cb3e52aa1308600f84d49ea&id=57dc2819c6

April 29:

  • Legislative Update from ABMP: Mississippi COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists
  • Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1477 on April 24, 2020, which ordered spas, salons, barbershops, and all other personal care and personal grooming facilities to remain closed to the public. However, these businesses may continue minimum operations limited to retail sales by drive-through, curbside, and/or delivery services.

March 20:

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises that given the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi and the shortage of protective medical equipment, elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits must be postponed at this time. The following measures should be taken:

  • Physicians, hospitals, and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has been diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored.
  • Physicians and providers should reschedule non-urgent medical appointments for a later date.
  • Dentists must delay non-emergency or routine dental procedures.
  • Patients should reschedule any non-essential procedures, surgeries, or medical visits until the threat of COVID-19 is diminished.
  • These measures will protect patients and health-care professionals by minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 and preserving valuable protective equipment.
  • Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.
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Missouri

May 26:

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Montana

May 1:

April 30:

March 25:

Governor Steve Bullock on Tuesday extended his executive order regarding the coronavirus by two weeks, setting a new deadline of April 10 for closures of schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, and other entities. He also placed mandates on "social distancing," prohibiting nonessential social and recreational gatherings outside of homes of more than 10 people. ​​​​​​​https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2020/03/24/number-coronavirus-cases-montana-now-46/2906721001/

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Nebraska

May 26:

  • Governor Ricketts issued another Directed Health Measure on May 21 that allows for the opening of barbershops, salons, and massage therapy services as of June 1, 2020. This applies to all counties except Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick. This Health Measure allows for salons, barbershops, and massage therapy services to be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% maximum occupancy. Practitioners must wear masks. https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-announces-new-directed-health-measures-june

May 4:

  • Governor Ricketts offered Directed Health Measures on May 4 that allows beauty/nail salons, barbershops, and massage therapy services to open on May 4 in the Local Health Districts: Douglas County Health District, Sarpy/Cass Department of Health, East Central District Health Department, Four Corners Health Department, Loup Basis Public Health Department, North Central District Health Department, Panhandle Public Health District, Southeast Public Health Department, and Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. Both the practitioner and client must wear masks. https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-announces-upcoming-changes-directed-health-measures-deploys-additional-resources

March 31:

  • Governor Pete Ricketts signed an emergency declaration: "I am declaring a State of Emergency in Nebraska as we continue to work to be the best prepared state in the nation for COVID-19,” said Governor Ricketts. “All across the state, individuals, businesses, employers, and churches are stepping up to make plans to mitigate the impact of the virus. There is a role for each one of us in this as we work together to keep people healthy.”​​​​​​​ https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-issues-emergency-declaration-covid-19
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Nevada

May 29:

  • Nevada has issued industry specific guidance. Guidelines for massage therapists and massage establishments can be found starting at page 41 of the following document, and for esthesticians and skin care establishments starting at page 46. Read the guidelines here.

May 27:

May 19:

  • Per guidance from the attorney general's office and the LEAP team, as of the May 8, 2020, Governor Directive 018, massage may only be performed if the client has a prescription for medically necessary massage from a licensed health-care provider. The providers with authority to prescribe are a licensed physician, pursuant to chapter 630, 630A, and 633 of NRS, an advanced practicing registered nurse, a physician assistant, a dentist, an optometrist, a podiatric physician, and a doctor of oriental medicine.  

May 8:

  • Governor Steve Sisolak issued Phase 1 reopening guidelines that stated barbershops, hair and nail salons, and medically prescribed massage therapy are allowed to open Saturday, May 9, 2020. Spas and massage establishments remain closed. Those opening MUST wear face coverings, and partitions or walls between workstations are "strongly encouraged." If no partitions are between the workstations, the business MUST only use every other workstation so that there is 6 feet between occupied workstations. Customers may be accepted by appointment only, and customers waiting for an appointment must wait outside and practice social distancing. Stylists must wear face coverings, and customers should wear face coverings "to the extent practicable."​​​​​​​https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Roadmap-to-Recovery-Phase-One-Initial-Guidance.pdf

May 4:

April 2:

  • Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a stay-at-home order April 1, 2020, which will remain in effect until April 30, 2020, and extended the nonessential business closures. Nonessential businesses include those that promote recreational social gathering activities, or promote extended periods of public interaction where the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is high. This includes spas, hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, massage not provided by a physical therapist, waxing, and other cosmetic services.​​​​​​​ Download PDF

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

April 20:

March 31:

  • Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and in the interest of protecting the safety and health of New Jersey residents, the Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy is allowing licensees to complete all the required 20 hours of continuing education (CE) online for the 2020 renewal cycle.​​​​​​​ https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/mbt/Pages/individual.aspx

March 21:

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New Mexico

May 29:

May 13:

March 25:

  • New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a press conference Monday that she has ordered New Mexico Secretary of Health Kathy Kunkel to issue a new public health order suspending operations at non-essential businesses and non-profits in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The order is effective beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in place through April 10.​​​​​​​ https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/nm-governor-to-make-announcement-regarding-stay-at-home-instructions-monday
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New York

May 7:

April 27:

  • Nonessential businesses are to remain closed through April 15. The New York Health Insurance Exchange is open through May 15 for those in need of health insurance.​​​​​​​https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

April 13:

  • Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with COVID-19, and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1–September 1, 2020, the department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. ​​​​​​​http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19.html#COED

April 9:

  • Self-employed individuals in New York should file for unemployment online. Last names starting with A–F file on Mondays, G–N on Tuesdays, O–Z on Wednesdays. If you miss your date, you can apply Thursday–Sunday. New York has a maximum payout of up to $504 per week (payout amounts will differ for each individual; not everyone will receive $504 per week). The federal government is adding $600 per week and has extended the unemployment period out an additional 13 weeks. ​​​​​​​https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

March 21:

  • All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services, and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure. Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health-care provider. ​​​​​​​www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-governor-lamont-and-governor-wolf-direct
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North Carolina

May 21:

May 13:

  • On May 5, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 138, easing restrictions on some businesses within the state in Phase 1 of reopening North Carolina. Personal care and grooming businesses are to remain closed through May 22, 2020, including barbershops, beauty salons (waxing and hair removal centers included), hair salons, nail salons and manicure/pedicure providers, and massage therapists. Exempt from this order are massage therapists who may provide medical massage therapy services upon specific referral from a medical or naturopathic health-care provider. Refer to page 10 of the provided link. https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO138-Phase-1.pdf

March 24:

  • On Monday, March 23, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ordered all K-12 public schools to be closed through May 15. Businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, sweepstakes parlors, and health clubs were asked to close as soon as possible and must close by Wednesday afternoon. Hair and nail salons, barbershops, and massage businesses were also advised to close.​​​​​​​https://abc11.com/health/latest-durham-county-with-71-covid-19-cases/6044754/
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North Dakota

May 6:

April 6:

March 23:

  • Health clubs are specifically shut down as of March 20. Massage therapy is not specifically identified. The Board and ABMP are seeking clarification on whether massage is included in health clubs. The Board also does not have the authority to mandate closure of a licensee's business or establishments. Instead, the Board is asking that licensees carefully consider recommendations made by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the North Dakota Department of Health, and the Governor's Office.​​​​​​​ https://www.ndbmt.org/article.asp?action2=showArticle&id=19&ty=GEN    
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Ohio

May 13:

April 29:

  • Massage therapy locations, hair salons, day spas, and barbershops are not included in the Responsible RestartOhio plan list of businesses that can open on May 1. Only massages offered as part of a patient's plan of care, in a setting such as a doctor's office, hospital, or chiropractor's office, may continue. ​​​​​​​https://med.ohio.gov/COVID-19

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Oklahoma

March 23:

  • The recommendations include temporarily postponing elective surgeries, implementing best practices for medical providers, helping grocery stores innovate their operations by providing drive-thru pick up or delivery for all customers and encouraging the use of technology, and temporarily closing some high-touch businesses like spas, nail salons, and massage locations.​​​​​​​https://oklahoman.com/article/5658341/stitt-forms-coronavirus-task-force
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Oregon

May 19:

May 15:

April 29:

  • The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) issued a statement that massage therapy is not included in the non-urgent procedures that are allowed to open on May 1.​​​​​​​ Read the statement here.

April 6:

  • The exemption of medical massage under Executive Order 20-12 is limited to a massage that a physician or someone authorized to prescribe massage in the State of Oregon for medical purposes has recommended to occur for the health of the patient. At this time, LMTs employed by doctors or at medical clinics or facilities should consult with their employers to determine whether they have any questions regarding “medical massage services” and requirements to work or not work.​​​​​​​ https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Documents/executive_orders/eo_20-12.pdf

March 27:

  • Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order EO 20-12, which prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms, and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios. Massage falls into a category of business for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid and therefore should be subject to Executive Order 20-12. Medical massage, however, is exempt.
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Pennsylvania

May 29:

  • Many counties are moving into the "green" phase, which allows hair salons and barbershops to open at 50 percent occupancy with services by appointment only, and massage therapy to open at 50 percent occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged. 

May 13:

May 4:

  • Personal care services such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons, and other entities that provide massage therapy, will remain closed in the "yellow" phase. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine explained why these businesses will remain closed: “It is impossible to practice social distancing when you have a hands-on treatment." We have heard from the Department of Health that massage therapy may be  practiced in a medical setting, so long as practitioners wear N95 masks, face shields, and disposable medical gowns, and are seeking clarification.​​​​​​​https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-health-secretary-dr-levine-explains-why-hair-salons-barber-shops-cant-reopen-in-yellow-phase/32352726#

April 20:

April 15:

March 24:

  • Governor Wolf granted the Department of State’s request to suspend restrictions on distance learning for continuing education requirements for certain licensed professionals. Many licensing boards of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs have ongoing continuing education requirements. Although only a few boards are currently in renewal, many “in-person” continuing education programs are canceling courses or closing education centers and it is unknown how long they may be impacted. The Board of Massage Therapy has restrictions on the number or percentage of continuing education hours that can be done through distance education. The governor granted a suspension of restrictions that limited the ability of licensees to take classes online or participate in distance-learning opportunities for the current biennial renewal period to permit all licensees to complete their continuing education online during the COVID-19 pandemic.​​​​​​​ https://www.dos.pa.gov/Documents/2020-03-22-Continuing-Education-Suspensions.pdf

March 23:

  • Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8:00 p.m. March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. “To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.” https://dced.pa.gov/newsroom/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-to-close-physical-locations-as-of-8-pm-today-to-slow-spread-of-covid-19/
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Rhode Island

May 26:

April 3:

March 26:

  • No later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, all close-contact business (businesses that cannot maintain social distancing with their customers) including, but not limited to, gymnasiums, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors shall cease in-person operations.​​​​​​​ http://www.governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-09.pdf
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South Carolina

May 18:

  • South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and accelerateSC announced on May 11, 2020, that close contact professions such as massage and cosmetology may return to work May 18, 2020. Guidelines for both massage therapy and cosmetologists can be found on the Board of Massage Therapy website. https://llr.sc.gov/mas/

April 1:

  • The SC Emergency Management Division and the SC Department of Commerce have developed a list of industries deemed “non-essential” that will be closed temporarily effective 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2020. “Non-essential” businesses, venues, facilities, services, and activities will be closed to non-employees and will not be open for access or use by the public. Such businesses include close-contact service providers such as barber shops, hair salons, waxing and threading salons, nail salons and spas, and massage-therapy establishments and massage services.​​​​​​​https://www.sccommerce.com/covid-19-non-essential-business-guidelines

March 25:

  • The Massage/Bodywork Panel is continuing to monitor the challenges presented by COVID-19 (coronavirus) as the situation progresses, and will provide additional guidance in regards to issues that may emerge, as circumstances warrant. There is no order to stop, but we recommend you follow social distancing protocols, and suggest that licensees review and be familiar with federal OSHA and CDC information regarding COVID-19 and the workplace, businesses, and employees.​​​​​​​ https://llr.sc.gov/mas/#

March 25:

  • The deadline to renew massage licenses is June 30 of even years. All new licensees have to renew their license if it is issued before the renewal window is open 60 days in advance of the deadline. ​​​​​​​https://llr.sc.gov/mas/#
  • To proactively address the concerns regarding COVID-19, the Panel will allow all approved licensed massage schools to offer pre-licensure course work to be delivered online in lieu of meeting face-to-face in the classroom as required by the Panel’s statutory provision. This distance education will be limited to the theory hours of instruction for Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Business, and Massage Theory Review. The Panel’s temporary emergency provision is a result of Governor McMaster’s mandate that all state colleges must deliver online education in lieu of meeting face-to-face with students from March 16 through March 31.​​​​​​​ https://llr.sc.gov/mas/pdf/Important%20information%20from%20the%20Board%20related%20to%20COVID-19.pdf
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South Dakota

May 14:

  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced the Back to Normal Plan on April 28, 2020, enouraging businesses to "resume operations in a manner that allows for reasonable physical distancing, good hygiene, and appropriate sanitation [...] Consider restricting occupancy and continue innovating in this uncertain environment." https://covid.sd.gov/docs/COVID_SDPlan_BackToNormal.pdf

March 31:

  • Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Monday setting a baseline for decision-making related to the novel coronavirus in South Dakota. Employers should implement the recommended CDC hygiene practices and other business strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease, encourage staff to telework if possible, implement social distancing measures, limit unnecessary work gatherings, limit non-essential travel, and consider regular health checks, including CDC guidance for COVID-19 screening if possible.​​​​​​​https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2020/03/23/coronavirus-read-south-dakota-gov-kristi-noems-executive-order/2902767001/
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Tennessee

May 13:

  • Legislative Update from ABMP: Tennessee COVID-19 State Update—Permission to Practice May 6, 2020
  • On May 5, 2020, Governor Lee issued Executive Order No 33, allowing businesses that perform close contact personal services, such as barbershops, hair salons, waxing and threading salons, nail salons, spas providing body treatments, and massage therapy establishments, to reopen May 6, 2020. Note that this does not apply to the six counties surrounding the cities of Memphis, Knoxville, and Nashville. Those returning to practice are encouraged by the state to follow the suggested guidelines for close contact businesses at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/close-contact-business-guidelines.html. In addition, please check your local county regulations, as some counties are requiring longer stay-at-home periods.
  • ABMP’s Government Relations Director was in attendance yesterday for the Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure meeting. The Board voted to rescind the prior distance learning policy. Per Board rules, massage therapy programs must consist of a minimum of 500 “classroom hours.” However, classroom hours were restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, the Board voted to consider up to 40% of the total hours obtained in a Tennessee massage school offered in an online or distance learning format to be “classroom hours.” The Board also voted in favor of online continuing education to fulfill CE requirements; however, this applies only to the current CE cycle, which began January 1, 2019, and ends December 31, 2020. 

April 27:

April 21:

  • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, 2020, with the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1, 2020. Governor Lee stated, “These businesses will open according to specific guidance that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both medicine and business.” As of April 21, it is unclear at this point if massage therapy and cosmetology is included in businesses reopening as there is currently not a list available for reference. We are working with state officials and will provide updates as they come along. ​​​​​​​https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2020/4/20/gov--lee-announces-safer-at-home-order-will-expire-april-30--tennessee-begins-phased-reopening-next-week.html

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Texas

May 19:

May 13:

  • Under the Governor’s Executive Order GA-21 (GA-21), massage establishments must remain closed until further notice. GA-21 also prohibits people from providing services that are not designated as essential or reopened, including massage therapy. Medically necessary massage may be performed in medical offices. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/mas/mas.htm

May 1:

April 28:

  • Under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on April 27, 2020, all cosmetology salons (including nail salons, estheticians, and mini-salons), barber shops, and massage establishments shall continue to remain closed. Executive Order GA-18 overrides all local and county orders. Whether a salon or shop is a sole proprietorship or not, they are to remain closed until Executive Order GA-18 is amended or rescinded.​​​​​​​ https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-18_expanded_reopening_of_services_COVID-19.pdf

April 27:

  • A massage therapist may only provide massage services if it is medically necessary. This determination must be made by the client's physician or chiropractor. Massage therapists may not provide massage services for general wellness or other non-medical necessity reasons. The ability to provide massage therapy may change as further governmental orders are issued.​​​​​​​https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm

April 21:

April 20:

  • Per the Texas Department of Licensing Massage Establishments, Cosmetology Salons and Barbershops are still closed. Per a previous statement on March 31 by TDLR, all licensed massage therapy, cosmetology, and barber services are not to be offered. This new executive order does allow these businesses as of April 24 to sell products by pick up, mail, or home delivery.​​​​​​​https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm

April 2:

  • The Texas Department of Licensing announces provisions to allow cosmetology, barbering, and massage therapy schools to offer practical instructions remotely, utilizing technologies such as videos of hands-on work, electronic learning, virtual learning, and other practices that would effectively deliver the practical portion of the school’s curriculum to ensure that a student develops the job skills and knowledge to obtain a license in Texas. Remote practical instruction does not include internship or apprenticeship instructional hours.​​​​​​​ https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm

April 1:

  • Legislative Update from ABMP: Texas COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists
  • Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-08 is subject to expiration at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, absent further direction. To avoid scenarios that could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the Governor ordered that every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020, and continues through April 30, 2020, subject to extension based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Failure to comply with any executive order issued during the COVID-19 disaster is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both fine and confinement.​​​​​​​ https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-implementing-essential-services-and-activities-protocols
  • Effective April 2, 2020, only essential services are allowed. Only people providing essential services are permitted to be out in public providing services. This new order prohibits services from being provided by licensed massage therapists, barbers, and cosmetologists. ​​​​​​​https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm

March 24:

  • To help keep its licensees ready and available to assist with combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is taking the following actions: Waiving continuing education requirements for all licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees will still submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and have their criminal histories checked, but they will not need to complete any required continuing education requirements this licensing cycle. The Texas Department of Licensing reminds other practitioners that they must continue to observe sanitary requirements. Anyone seeking guidance about whether to continue providing services should contact their local health departments or county judges, who are authorized to make that decision.​​​​​​​ https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/covid19.htm 
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Utah

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Vermont

May 21:

  • According to the Vermont COVID-19 website, "Health and beauty businesses, gyms, fitness studios, salons, spas, and other similar businesses," including any retail in these establishments, remain closed. Guidelines for reopening are being developed. https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/ask-a-question

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Virginia

May 13:

May 4:

  • Governor Ralph Northam outlined a three-phase plan to ease restrictions on businesses, and said he will extend key provisions of Executive Order 53 at least through May 14, 2020, not May 8, 2020.​​​​​​​ https://www.governor.virginia.gov/

April 21:

March 31:

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order Monday as cases of the coronavirus rise nationwide. Northam said people should only leave their homes to obtain food, supplies or medical care, or for exercise. All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Following his previous executive order, all restaurants and nonessential retail stores may continue to stay open if they limit the number of people in a space to 10 or less. Any person holding a gathering of 10 or more people can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. ​​​​​​​https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/490187-virginia-governor-orders-stay-at-home-order-in-the-midst-of-pandemic

March 25:

  • Governor Northam announced on Monday that he would be signing Executive Order 53, which would take effect at the end of Tuesday (11:59 p.m. on March 24) ordering some non-essential services, including all recreation and entertainment services, to close. Hair salons, barbers, massage therapists, and similar non-essential services who can't feasibly carry out social distancing must close.​​​​​​​ https://www.whsv.com/content/news/VDH-confirms-more-cases-of-COVID-19-across-Virginia-569059231.html
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Washington

May 13:

April 20:

  • Exam vendor DL Roope has determined it is necessary and appropriate to close test centers in Washington State through May 4, 2020 for practical and written exams for Cosmetology, Barber, Manicurists, Esthetics, Master Esthetics, and Instructors.  All candidate exam sessions scheduled between March 18, 2020, and May 4, 2020, have been canceled. DL Roope anticipates re-opening test centers on May 5, 2020, however, the specific date will be dependent on the ever-changing circumstances. Candidates will receive a new pre-registration email on or around May 4, 2020, after which they can schedule into any open session without contacting the IQT offices.​​​​​​​ https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update

April 13:

  • Governor Inslee’s proclamation 20-25 allows health-care providers to continue essential health services. Many services provided by massage therapists are considered nonessential. No in-person appointment is risk-free, even if the patient and massage therapist appear well. To help control the spread of COVID-19, treatment should be limited to patients with a clear and documented urgent medical need.​​​​​​​ https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVID19LMTRecommendations.pdf

April 9:

April 2:

  • The Secretary of Health has extended license expiration dates for health professions, including massage therapy licenses, for licenses up for renewal between April 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. This extension will allow health professionals to promote continued patient safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because renewal payment won’t be required until September 30, 2020, it will also reduce the economic burden on those providers not able to work during this emergency. https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/LicenseExpirationExtensionFAQ

March 26:

  • Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, imposed a Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order throughout Washington State by prohibiting all people in Washington State from leaving their homes or participating in social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings of any kind regardless of the number of participants, and all non-essential businesses in Washington State from conducting business. All people in Washington State shall immediately cease leaving their home or place of residence except: (1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or (2) for employment in essential business services. For a list of essential business services, follow this link:​​​​​​​ https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf
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West Virginia

May 14:

  • Businesses offering massage therapy in West Virginia will be permitted to resume operations in Week 3-6 of the reopening schedule, unless otherwise noted. http://www.wvmassage.org/LETTER.PDF

March 25:

  • With most of West Virginia’s surrounding states ordering non-essential businesses to close or ordering residents to shelter in place, Governor Jim Justice said Monday that he would order residents to stay home and close non-essential businesses starting tonight due to the coronavirus. “If your business or operation is not essential, then you’ll be temporarily closed,” Justice said. Click the link to view what is considered essential services—it appears cosmetology and massage therapy services are not.​​​​​​​ https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2020/03/gov-justice-orders-shutdown-of-non-essential-w-va-businesses/
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Wisconsin

May 6:

May 5:

  • ABMP received clarification on May 1, 2020 from legal counsel at the Wisconsin Economic Development Council that massage therapists are allowed to work in Wisconsin, not just those in a medical setting. Businesses need to follow these protocols: Avoid meeting in person where possible; comply with Department of Health guidelines for businesses; follow social distancing protocols to the maximim extent possible; restrict the number of employees on site to just those who can perform necessary operations; increase standards for cleanings and disinfections; and develop protocols to prevent employees who have respiratory illness or have been in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 from entering the business. Day spas remained closed through May 27. We are seeking clarification on whether massage therapists who work in spa setting are able to work.

April 21:

  • Governor Tony Evers extended the emergency stay at home order through Tuesday, May 26. Massage therapy is in the list of "Health Care and Public Health Operations" (paragraph 8) and is listed as a reason people can leave their homes for services. Social Distancing Requirements (paragraph 16) includes: "Maintaining social distancing of six (6) feet between people, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneeze with sleeves or elbows, not hands; regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands; "and following all other public health recommendations issued by the DHS and the CDC. Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities are still closed through May 26. We are working with the Governor's office and other state officials to educate them about massage therapy and get clarification.

April 16:

  • Governor Tony Evers extended the emergency stay at home order through Tuesday, May 26. Massage therapy is in the list of "Health Care and Public Health Operations" and is listed as a reason people can leave their homes for services. The order also says Minimum Basic Operations include using "social distancing requirements, to the extent possible. . ." Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities are still closed.

March 24:

  • Governor Tony Evers issued an Emergency Order, which states: "Social distancing—the practice of keeping at least six feet apart from others and avoiding direct physical contact—is the only effective means of slowing the rate of infection. Despite prior emergency orders banning mass gatherings, the rates of infection continue to drastically increase, necessitating additional measures to slow the rate of infection and save lives ... Through Executive Order #72, and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, order the following: ... All of the following facilities shall be closed: Salons and spas. This includes, but is not limited to, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities ... For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any Healthcare and Public Health Operations." Massage therapists are included under Healthcare and Public Health Operations.​​​​​​​https://www.dailyunion.com/news/covid-19/govenor-evers-order-in-full/article_55e2d2c2-e466-5e28-849b-1657edbbe778.html
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Wyoming

May 14:

April 9:

March 30:

Effective immediately and continuing through April 17, 2020, unless revoked or extended by the Wyoming Department of Healthy before April 17, 2020, the following are ordered closed to members of the public in order to stop the spread of COVID-19: nail salons, hair salons, and barber shops; cosmetology, electrology, and esthetics services; massage businesses (excluding massage performed for medical purposes).​​​​​​​ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z5qrWKleQRYCwdGdOu5RZxFoxKEobDuc/view

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Ohio sent personal emails to all Massage Therapists from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Medical Board to cease operation of massage practice effective today March 20, 2020. The attached order was vague in that it mentioned Massage in a spa setting and also massage locations.

Diane, Thank you for sharing. We've updated the page with the information you shared. Sorry for the delay on replying, but thank you again for your outreach! —Jed at ABMP

Idaho is not listed but I know that there are confirmed cases in neighboring counties and unofficial in my county. The decision to shut down my business is so difficult both financially and emotionally. What is your advice for those of us not mandated to shut down?

Cheryl, Sorry for the delay. All of our latest updates are at https://www.abmp.com/covid-updates, and our recommendation for those in states that have not been mandated to shut down is specifically at https://www.abmp.com/updates/news/our-new-world-covid-19-march-16-update... "We strongly encourage you to suspend your practice on a short-term, temporary basis." We will update this page with any information we have on recommendations in Idaho, and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. —Jed at ABMP

<p>I just read your notices and so i did send an email to the senators namely Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris.</p>

<p>I also send an email to Nanette Diaz Barragan for my Representative. I talked to other MT that I know and provided them the same</p>

<p>letter to send it to, even though some of them are not ABMP members. Did it today, March 21, 2020</p>

Dayna, Thank you so much for your action on this. We appreciate you spreading the word, and enlisting others as well! —Jed at ABMP

Michigan:  Governor Whitmer ordered a new executive order 3/21/2020 shut down until April 13, 2020. (specifically stating "massage and non-essential personal care services" requiring people to be within 6 ft of their clients) https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522576--,00.html?fbclid=IwAR1cziSB8ViFeOyBfWyRlrMRSMoB91axCqk0iSij99hYvHbUOFWoE29sBJs

Dawn, Thank you for sharing, and yes, rules and recommendations are changing quickly on a state and local level. We are doing our best to compile everything here, but the best course of action is to make sure you are up to date from all relevant official governing bodies for your location. Wishing you health and safety at this time, —Jed at ABMP

Blythe, Thank you for your update. We have added this information to the page, and we appreciate your support. —Jed at ABMP

If my state isn't listed can I still practice? I have an office building on our property.

Liv, We have updated this post with the latest recommendations from Vermont, and I've copied them here for reference. —Jed at ABMP

March 23. Governor Phil Scott has ordered all "close-contact businesses" in the state—spas, barbershops, nail and hair salons, gyms, and fitness centers, as well as tattoo parlors—to close by Monday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. The new restrictions are in place until April 15, according to the order. Such businesses are "unable to comply with guidelines for social distancing," the governor's office said in a Saturday morning press release. 

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/03/21/scott-orders-...

Effective 9 p.m. March 19, all non-essential retail and commercial establishments are ordered closed. 

https://www.miamidade.gov/information/library/coronavirus-emergency-order-07-20-businesses.pdf 

https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/home.page 

 

Thank you for sharing Mitchell, we appreciate your help. We've posted the newest update from Florida, which I'm including here. Stay safe out there! —Jed at ABMP

March 23. Massage therapists should not be practicing per a March 20 executive order and an email from the Massage Therapy Board: "Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, regarding non-essential elective medical procedures. All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition."

https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-72.pdf

Is this "safer at home" order just by the county or by state? 

Jill, Thank you for reaching out. We know that this is a difficult time for members. Please contact our member service team at 800-458-2267 directly to discuss membership options at this time. —Jed at ABMP

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/massage-therapy


 

 

In New York state massage is not specifically listed as essential or banned, leaving therapists to determine for themselves if they are banned from practicing.  There was however, a quote from Governor Cuomo where he specifically mentions massage as a luxury and non essential.  This is just him talking and not law, but it's relevant.  Here is one of many links to this quote.  https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2020/03/20/new-york-on-pause-after-cuomo-issues-mandatory-coronavirus-shutdown/

I would appreciate if the ABMP would follow up with this.  There is currently no way for therapists to get an answer.  Any phone number just tells you to check the website for the list of essential services.  If the ABMP is not covering claims from NY at this time, we need to know.

Thank You

Can ;you advise what your stance for PA is.  We do not have specific direction from our state at this time as massage is not specifically listed as essential or non-essential.  

Thank you.  

Karen

What constitutes "clear and documented urgent medical need" regarding the COVID restrictions. I know just a prescription for massage is not enough, so what documentation and at what level of a pain scale for "acute pain" is considered urgent. Acute can be anywhere up to 3 months and there are patients that come in that say they feel fine before that like at a 1-2/10 or a 2-3/10 pain scale and still demand treatment. With no medical documentation that they are COVID free. What do I do?

I'm in Washington State. The chiropractor I'm working with still wants me to practice on Any and All patients no matter what. Stating that "acute "and" clear and documented urgent medical need" cannot be defined. And states that pain scales are subjective and you can't prove the patient doesn't need the care. He said I need written proof as to clarification of pain scale limit and what clear and documented urgent medical need actually specifically means. Acute can be up to 3 months of pain, but I have people at 2 months down to a 2-3/10 pain when they originally came in at a 7-8/10. What do I do? None of my patients are above a 5/10. And only one lady is within 3 months care, everyone else has been there 6 months to 1.5 years.

I am self-employed, an LLC. First time I applied for unemployment in NJ, was declined, but then they updated the site with pdfs which explained how to apply for self-employed gig workers like me. I did this with the understanding that they would reach out to ask for tax reports from the past two years. I have heard nothing from them via email or mail and have reached out multiple times via email and also called, but they are not taking calls. Very frustrated not knowing what the outcome or financial assistance will be. Also wondering when I can open for business. 

The Shelter in Place order in Illinois has been extended to May 30th per governor Pritzker.  Any clarification yet on whether or not medical massage is exempt from this order?

Thanks!

Jen

Has there been any clarity for NYS? I do not know what phase we are able to reopen.

Can you please provide clarity as to which NYS phase includes massage therapists? The State's directive is clear as mud.  Ty!