In compliance with the guidelines issued, the ANMPT, regretfully, is advising all members to cease all client contact until at least April 20th 2020. This advice will be subject to ongoing review.
You may have seen the short video online featuring Graham Medley, a UK Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling where he says; “So most people have a fear of acquiring the virus. I think a good way of doing it is to imagine that you do have the virus and change your behaviour so you are not transmitting it. Don’t think about changing your behaviour so you won’t get it; think about changing your behaviour so you won’t give it to somebody else”
As health practitioners, massage therapists have a duty of care in helping to stem the spread of COVID-19. Taking this responsibility seriously and making tough decisions shows our solidarity and support for front line primary health care workers who will have far tougher decisions to make in the coming weeks.
The Association’s advice has not been made in haste but on an informed assessment of the advice, guidelines and recommendations of the National Public Health Emergency Team. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice updates as appropriate.
We are aware that the extremely difficult decisions which have to be made in the current unprecedented situation will have a severe financial impact on all members. The only resource available to the Association to help in mitigating this impact is the automatic extension of membership, at no charge, to cover the period during which members are unable to operate their clinics or practices.
We wish you all well and urge you to stay safe.