COVID-19 & Massage Therapy in Nevada

AMTA’s and Nevada State Health Department & Massage Therapy Board Officials’ Advice

Check the CDC website for all information (State, included) as to the current status of the Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) status – Status changes daily.

We encourage you to:

  1. Stay safe & maintain your health, yourself
  2. Keep your loved ones safe
  3. Keep your clients safe

When the pandemic status is lifted, we will all be able to breath a little easier and move forward in our lives. Until that time, and as a massage therapist professional: please review this webpage for links to the latest information on how to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your clients SAFE.

on this page, texts in red are the newest updates, effective 6/25/2020

What is the AMTA doing?

  • Updates on the National website: the AMTA has a dynamic Update webpage for all Massage Therapists and its Members – for health-safety information, statistics, and national- and local- actions and plans, visit it now: AMTA is committed to keeping you informed on COVID-19
  • Live MeetingsBased on the latest guidance from the CDC and other federal health officials regarding the transmission of the virus in groups of people coming from different social and work environments, the AMTA and the Nevada Chapter Board of Directors have decided to cancel all face-to-face meetings, classes and gatherings through November 30, 2020, including cancellation of the 2020 AMTA National Convention in Phoenix, AZ this August. We realize that AMTA national and chapter events are opportunities for our members to gather together and take continuing education or receive community support. However, the health and wellness of our members is the highest priority for AMTA and for that reason we decided to cancel these types of events through November 30, 2020.
  • Membership Renewals – if you have a question about your upcoming Renewal options, please contact the National office at email hidden; JavaScript is required or (877) 905-2700.
  • ENGAGE – the National AMTA Government Relations Department has initiated an outreach campaign where Users can Support Continued Economic Efforts To Help Industries, Like Massage Therapy, Severely Impacted By COVID-19 (open to any person to complete).
  • Your Professional Liability Insurance coverageThe policy through HPSO requires that covered AMTA members are appropriately licensed to provide professional services and that they comply with state, federal and facility guidelines relative to scope of practice and practice setting. If there is a government order that mandates non-essential businesses close, and massage therapy is not considered essential [as is the case in Nevada] in that governmental jurisdiction, then the therapist would be practicing outside of the governmental order, guidance, law or regulation; and coverage would be excluded in the event of a claim. Call HPSO with specific questions about AMTA’s coverage: 1-888-253-1474

What is AMTA-NV doing?

  • Keeping their chapter Members up-to-date – this webpage will be kept current with National and State-centric, developing information that may further inform you, so you can make the best decisions about your practice. Share this webpage with your colleagues.

What Nevada authorities Order/Direct:

State of Nevada:
NV-Governor Sisolak’s current Declaration of Emergency For COVID-19 is the baseline Order for all the Directives that follow – this declared State Of Emergency determines how subsequent Re-Opening (in Phases, currently in Phase 2) and, finally, Termination of the State Of Emergency will help Nevadans, including massage therapy clients, mitigate the declared public health event.

As of 5/29/2020 @ 12:01:00am and until July 31, 2020, Phase Two is in effect.

Massage Therapy Services, as written in Directive 021 (link below), are permitted in Phase Two.

For Massage Therapy, certain NSBMT-activated Emergency Regulations and Recommendations (found on their website) that are profession-specific must also be adhered to in addition to the, below, industry-specific Regulations that the Governor has Directed, in order for any Massage Therapy service to be considered in legal Operation during this Phase:

Face-coverings are required to be worn by every non-exempt person in Nevada – in relation to your massage therapy practice and in addition to the NSBMT’s and Governor’s Declaration of Phase 2 Business Operations required Massage Therapists’ wearing of face-coverings: until further notice, non-exempt MT-clients are required to wear face-coverings as well [because it is a situation in which two people are not able to maintain a 6-ft physical-distance].

Clark County:
The Commissioners’ Emergency Meeting on 5/8/2020 agreed to not make more-restrictive the Governor’s Phase 1 re-opening requirements. Summary of Final Action: https://clark.granicus.com/MinutesViewer.php?view_id=17&clip_id=6690&doc_id=85124e68-6ddf-11ea-99b9-0050569183fa

City of Reno/area:
Specific information at https://www.reno.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/covid-19

What Nevada authorities advise:

  • Governor’s Initiativevisit the Governor’s website
  • Nevada Business support webinars – At the request of and in support of the support of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada Business Information Network COVID-19 is a statewide business, industry, trade and economic coalition working together to provide resources to Nevada businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This network is intended to be a “one-stop-shop” clearinghouse helping streamline gathering and sharing critical information businesses need from the federal and state levels no matter their size, sector or location in Nevada. Information will be distributed to business groups/associations in the form of educational webinars, public service announcements (PSAs), informational documents and/or surveys so they may forward support materials to help their respective business communities. To register for free, upcoming business support webinars, visit www.covid19response.vegas.
  • Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (NVDHS) – check their webpage for advice
  • Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy (NSBMT) – visit their website; see the Letter To Licensees or check your NSBMT-licensee email (emailed/posted May 26, 2020); see the May 8th Special Meeting Attachments for Approved Regulations & Recommendations w/ supporting documents.
  • Self-Employed LMTs – if you are finding it difficult to maintain bill payments and/or day-to-day expenses, financial support may be available to you through the Small Business Administration. visit their website
  • Employed LMTs – check with your Human Resource Department as to any apportions (company initiatives related to closures and paying employees who are unable to work) or new Policies that may aggregate and/or pay Sick Leave, Personal Time Off, or Vacation Time in lieu of your earning your hourly- or commission-based salary because the Establishment is closed or you choose not to go into work.
  • ALL LMTs – Nevada State Unemployment Applications have recently seen removal of certain Requirements to eliminate red tape that typically precedes Approval. Most recently in NV, 1099- or “gig” workers now have access to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Act – go to DETR’s website to apply as of May 16th, 2020. For Unemployment Insurance benefits, here is a handy, comprehensive guide (available in Spanish) you can review before visiting the qualifications and the Application at the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation – Employment Security Division (available in Spanish).

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