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 breathe 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 5/13/2021

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 has decided to cancel all face-to-face meetings, classes and gatherings through September 1, 2021the 2021 AMTA National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 26-28, 2021, is still on schedule.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 have been established and will follow – this declared State Of Emergency determines how the state’s Roadmap to Recovery (Massage Therapy regulations appears on Page 14) and, finally, Termination of the State Of Emergency will help Nevadans, including massage therapy clients, mitigate the declared public health event.

As of May 1, 2021, Nevada transferred to the Local Jurisdictions – Nevada’s Counties – the authority in the mitigation efforts; you may find the List of Guidance from each County here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/current-status-mitigation-measures/

As of May 7, 2021, The Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy updated their Emergency Sanitation Guidelines to the State to be more in line with the current CDC & OSHA Recommendations that apply to our industry and profession.

Directive 045 updates Nevada’s requirements for face-coverings: – if a person in Nevada is fully-vaccinated (defined as “is two weeks post- their 2nd Moderna/Pfzizer vaccination-shot or 2-weeks post- their One Janssen vaccination-shot”), wearing a face-covering in certain situations is optional – read the Directive 045 Guidance for more information.

As of May 13, 2021, The Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy updated their website with applicable mandates re: licensee and client face-coverings, pursuant to the newly-revised CDC’s Recommendation and State of Nevada’s Mandate (via Directive 045): “On May 13, 2021, the CDC released updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.  The Board and the State of Nevada both reference the CDC guidelines.  Local jurisdictions may have stricter guidelines than the CDC.  Businesses still have the option of mandating mask wearing by both the licensee and the client, and fully vaccinated licensees retain the option of wearing a mask.” Visit the NSBMT’s COVID-19 webpage for more information.

Summary of URLs to find State of Emergency information:

Counties of Nevada:

All Nevada Counties’, state-approved Local Mitigation and Enforcement Plans are found here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/current-status-mitigation-measures/ – Please use this webpage to find the Plan(s) that apply your practice’s Requirements.

Cities of Nevada:

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

Other Economic-Recovery Resources:

  • 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 Division of Public Behavior Health (DPBH) – check their webpage for advice
  • Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy (NSBMT) – check their webpage for advice
  • 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 may be submitted; visit DETR’s website to applycurrently, Weekly Certifications are still required to maintain eligibility [weekly for] Benefits – DETR has extended the number of weeks for PUA Benefits to “57” after the State Of Emergency was declared in Nevada. 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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