Oregon COVID-19 State Update—Permission to Practice May 15, 2020

RE: Information regarding your state's back-to-practice permission date and safety guidelines to minimize risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Permission to Practice—May 15, 2020
Barbershops, hair salons, esthetics practices, medical spas, facial spas and day spas, non-medical massage therapy services,* and nail salons may resume business operations in Phase 1 of Reopening Oregon (https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase1) on May 15, 2020, except in the following counties: Washington, Clackamas, Polk, Multnomah, and Marion. Businesses that reopen should follow state-specific guidance for personal service providers (https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2342F.pdf).

In addition, the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy (OBMT) met on May 18, 2020, where they discussed creating FAQs for massage therapists. The proposed guidance should be available in the near future on the OBMT website (https://www.oregon.gov/obmt/Pages/index.aspx).

*Medical massage therapy services were already permitted within limited circumstances in the state of Oregon per Executive Order 20-12 (https://www.oregon.gov/obmt/Documents/Notice%20to%20LMTs%20and%20Interested%20Parties%20%28002%29.pdf).

Additional Safety Resources
ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP understand there is a fine line between getting back to work and earning an income and protecting the safety of you and your clients. As you consider returning to work, we urge you to make government permission to work only one element of your decision about whether and when to reopen. Please review our comprehensive series of back-to-practice guidelines to help reduce risk and keep you and your clients safe.

We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/forms-printouts) including office policies, screening questionnaires, and posters to remind clients about social distancing and handwashing.

We appreciate your membership and will continue working on your behalf to update you as we learn more. Be safe and be well.


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