COVID-19 SAFETY ADVISORY + PLAN

THESE ARE THE OFFICIAL NY PHASE 3 GUIDELINES

The parts most relevant to your client experience are detailed below. My goal is to create the safest possible experience for every client, every session. I follow and will continue to follow all CDC Coronavirus prevention guidelines. I adhere to these safety and prevention protocols to protect your health and the health of every client. Thank you in advance for working with me to protect yourself and others.

APPOINTMENT/SESSION UPDATES:

Therapist and client (me and you!) must wear masks during the entire visit. I’ll also be wearing goggles or lab glasses. While face down, if the mask feels uncomfortable or claustrophobic, you will have the more comfortable option of a pillowcase sling, shown here.

Per state guidelines, I will change my clothes before our session and between all following clients.

Client intake form is more thorough. Clients will have the opportunity to connect with me via phone call or text before our session to limit conversation in the room. Since respiratory droplets are spread more through talking, minimal conversation in the room will be encouraged.

The treatment room, including all surfaces, will be disinfected between each client. Longer gaps between clients will let in fresh air and give disinfectants time to work. As per state mandate, I will maintain a cleaning log (date/time/scope of disinfection). Bathrooms, doorknobs, and all shared surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. I will follow all DOH and CDC guidance on hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements in accordance with “Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19”.

Windows and doors will be opened as much as possible to let in fresh air. All furniture within studio space has easily wipeable surfaces. Rooms contain minimal items to reduce any high-touch surfaces.

HEALTH SCREENING:

Clients will fill out an online screening questionnaire upon booking their appointment and they will be pre-screened the day before or the morning of their appointment via text/phone. If any alarming symptoms are reported, the appointment will be canceled/rescheduled.

 

Throughout the duration of phase III, per state mandate, as an LMT, I will get tested every two weeks.

 

I have relaxed the 24-hour cancellation policy when it comes to reasons related to COVID-19. If you feel (at any point before the start of your appointment) that you have become a potential risk, you will not be charged for canceling.

 

If you’ve traveled across NY state lines from a restricted state, you’ll need to quarantine for 14 days before scheduling. This is required by NY law.

 

Clients must reschedule if you believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus or are experiencing any of the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

RESOURCES:

I want every client to be equipped with the resources and knowledge that currently exist as it relates to massage and COVID-19. I have done my best to identify and minimize risk wherever possible. Everyone is factoring in the risks in their own lives when deciding what activities to engage in. While no activity is 100% “safe” while COVID-19 is active, I will always be transparent regarding policies and procedures as I strive to create the safest possible environment for treatments.

COVID-19-Related Coagulopathy

Face Masks Critical in Preventing Spread of COVID-19

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

 

I will continue to update these links as more information forms.

Please always feel free to get in touch.

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