Living with Covid - how will it work?

While many restrictions on our lives have been lifted we are very aware of the risk of transmission of Covid and other viruses during close contact services such as massage and soft tissue therapy. 

 

The guidance received from my professional association - the Institutue for Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) is outlined below:

From February 24th 2022 in England, people will not be legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19.

 

However, the Government advice is to stay at home if possible and avoid contact with other people. It is no longer required to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The official public health advice will remain that people testing positive for the virus should stay at home. This includes both adults and children. Crucially, this guidance will not be enforced by law.

Before the appointment

At the time of booking, I will screen for “winter virus” (Cold / Flu / COVID), and if you have symptoms I will not be able to treat you until you are symptom free.   If you develop symptoms between booking and the appointment please contact me to let me know.  You will not be charged a cancellation fee if you rebook.   Please also inform me if a member of your household is unwell.

Obviously if I have symptoms I will cancel appointments until I am symptom free.

During the Appointment

We must remember that the virus is still circulating, and some people are still suffering with severe symptoms.

The ISRM therefore strongly recommends that I continue to wear a face covering during the main winter virus season (November to March) and I will ask my clients to do likewise*. This follows Public Health Advice.

I will continue to keep my treatment room well ventilated during appointments and between clients. 

I will continue with good hygiene practices.

*PLEASE NOTE: If  you cannot wear a face covering, please let me know so we can discuss ways in which treatment can be adapted to accommodate this.  Measure might include:

  • ·         Presentation from the client of a negative LFT taken within 12 hours of the appointment.

  • ·         Not work around the neck or face area.

  • ·         Increase ventilation during treatment (if possible).

  • ·         Reduced treatment times to allow longer air ventilation before the next client