CARES Act Information and Analysis for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers

March 27, 2020

At 11:30 a.m. MT, it was announced that Congress completed its approval of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2 trillion deal to provide economic relief to those most affected by COVID-19. The President has committed to signing the bill. Congress had been working feverishly for more than a week to develop the eventual 880-page bill.

Information for ABMP Members on State Updates Regarding COVID-19

Cancellation of the 2020 World Massage Festival

The 2020 World Massage Festival (WMF) scheduled for July in Michigan City, Indiana, has been canceled over COVID-19 concerns. The WMF is transferring registrations to the 2021 festival. The 2020 American Massage Championships, that were to be held in conjunction with the 2020 World Massage Festival, are also canceled.


We’ve been carefully watching the wave of coronavirus sweeping the United States. As of today, we’re contacting our legislators in Colorado to strongly encourage them to create a national financial package that would assist you—independent businesspeople and contractors—through this pandemic. We cannot email each of the 535 Senators and Congresspeople directly, so we encourage you to contact them.

A Message from ABMP President Les Sweeney on COVID-19

This post is adapted from a message sent to ABMP members on Friday, March 6, from ABMP president Les Sweeney. We will be compiling the information regarding COVID-19 within this message, and updating that list with the latest as the situation develops.