July 11th, 2021
Good day MTAS,
Stage Three of the re-opening is quickly approaching for July 11th. MTAS remains vigilant in providing recommendations and insight to our membership and updating you to any new procedures or updates on the Covid Pandemic.
We expect the Re-open SK Plan to be rescinded. The Government is now beginning to take the position that health and business sectors can provide the best guidance for their Associations. “Each association is in the best position to develop guidance that is specific to the service their membership provides.”
We must stress to our members that it is imperative that you maintain the highest standards of Practice as outlined in the bylaws of MTAS (11.8). e.g. hand sanitizer before and after treatment, cleaning and sanitizing equipment, tables, and changing of linens after every patient. The complete bylaws may be read by clicking the link below.
Members must be certain to provide a thorough client consultation and consent prior to treatment. (It is no longer necessary to provide the COVID screening for each patient).
PPE requirements that have been mandated in the Re-open plan are no longer mandatory, but we continue to recommend wearing a mask during this opening phase, due to the length of time spent with your patient. Masking will comply with Physio Therapists, and Chiropractic recommendations of treating patients if they cannot maintain two-meter distance from patients and co-workers. 1
MTAS does not advise you to ask patients about their vaccine status as this may constitute an unreasonable collection of private health information unrelated to the patient’s treatment.
Members must assess any risk in treating the patient and implement the PPE depending on the consultation.
Full PPE would be required to perform any intra-oral treatment related to TMD/TMJ.
We are expecting that there may be further changes to Massage Therapists work environment as we continue to sail through these uncharted waters. We will continue to update our membership with new recommendations and or any related items as determined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and or Government of Saskatchewan.
Government of Canada, National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Recommendations on the Use of COVID-19 Vaccines. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/recommendations-use-covid-19-vaccines.html
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change rapidly, as does the information available regarding directives and recommendations. The MTAS office staff are working to make resources available to you to effectively manage through this pandemic and we are responding to inquiries as promptly as possible. We thank our members for their diligence in staying up-to-date through this uncertain time, and appreciate your efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourselves as well as the public.
We have developed this section on our website dedicated to COVID-19 information. This section is available on the public side of the website so that you can quickly and easily access the information, and refer your clients to it as well. We encourage you to check here regularly to look for new and/or changed information as this is the fastest way for us to communicate factually with our members, and to avoid outdated or false information sharing.
Please note that our Saskatoon office is currently closed to the public therefore we ask that to receive the fastest possible response, you please contact us via e-mail - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MTAS Re-open Saskatchewan Back-to-Work Planning Tools
- PHAC - vaccination guidelines (June 30/21)
- Government of Saskatchewan Re-open Saskatchewan Plan - revised
- Government of Saskatchewan - Public Health Orders
- 50% reduction in capacity Public Health Order - clarification (December 14)
- Government of Saskatchewan - list of approved sanitizer suppliers (April 30)
- Government of Saskatchewan - list of PPE suppliers (April 30)
- MTAS Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control (May 7)
- MTAS guidelines for clinic audit and cleaning (May 7)
- MTAS waiver - Covid-19 specific
- MTAS consent form - Covid-19 specific
- Things you may need to consider buying before opening
PPE (note that MTAS does not guarantee availability or pricing):
- Complete Purchasing Services (CPS) - MTAS affinity partner for all your clinic supply needs
- How to use ear protectors for PPE
- CDC - Vaccine Information
- Vaccine Information Factsheet - Govt. of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Health Canada - self-monitoring
- Health Canada - travel restrictions
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Government of Saskatchewan - travel information
- Government of Saskatchewan - State of Emergency (March 18)
- Government of Saskatchewan - Public Health Order (April 17)
- Government of Saskatchewan - Public Health Order (April 4)
- Government of Saskatchewan - Public Health Order (March 20)
- Government of Saskatchewan - Self Isolation Support Program
- Saskatchewan Health Authority
- Infection Control Guidelines
- Canadian Red Cross First Aid App - includes enhanced information on disease transmission and how to reduce your risk during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Canadian Red Cross Resources web page
- The Scientist - article about symptoms of Covid-19
- A Massage Therapist's Guide to Covid-19
- MTAS Board of Directors' letter to the membership (March 17)
- MTAS Board of Directors' letter to the membership (March 19)
- Prime Minister Trudeau's address to the nation (March 23)
- Prime Minister Trudeau's update to the nation (April 1)
- Canadian Pain Task Force - online public consultation (Let's Talk Health) Use this forum to provide the Government with your input on pain management during the health crisis.
- Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
Small Business Resources:
Information on how to manage the pandemic as a small business owner, including your responsibilities to employees and what government supports may be available. This is an area that we expect to evolve as government support plans become more developed.
- Revenue Canada - summary of available benefits
- Government of Saskatchewan - summary of available benefits
- Revenue Canada - how to report COVID-19 benefits on your T4a
- Government of Canada - Western Economic Diversification Canada's Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Government of Canada - list of available benefits (November 30)
- Government of Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (November 17)
- Government of Canada Recovery Benefit (October 16) - replaces the CERB
- Government of Canada Emergency Response Benefit (April 1)
- How to apply for the CERB
- FAQs for the CERB program
- Community Futures Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment (SSBEP) - Emergency Support for Small Businesses (extended to include March 2021)
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) (May 25)
- WCB Relief Measures
- Government of Saskatchewan launches Business Response Team (March 23)
- Government of Saskatchewan - Business Support Page (March 23)
- EI Sickness Benefit
- Federal Government Financial Aid summary
- Business Development Canada - Support for Entrepreneurs
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Employment Insurance
- Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board
- Saskatchewan Employment Standards
- Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce - resources for business
- Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce - summary of issues
- Conference Board of Canada - economic implications of Covid-19
- Chart showing Canada-wide contacts for Covid-19 updates, plus how to determine if you qualify for financial relief
- Tips for Small Business Survival
General Pandemic Information:
Links to trusted sources on the pandemic.
Webinars related to Covid-19:
Below are some links to potentially useful information.
- World Health Organization - mental health considerations
- Government of Canada - awareness resources
- Government of Canada - mental health at work
- A Guide to Sleeping with Coronavirus Anxiety
- 19 ways to support your mental health during Covid-19
- Resource guide to your mental health during Covid-19
- Psychological consequences of social distancing
- Free online stress-management program (Shoppers Drugs)
- Tips for taking care of your mental health (Shoppers Drugs)
- Mental Health in the age of Coronavirus - United Nations
- CAMH - Mental Health and Covid-19
- Saskatchewan Government Mental Health and Addictions Services
- Saskatchewan 24/7 Emergency/Crisis Hotlines (2-1-1 Saskatchewan)