THERAPISTS IN SCOTLAND - UPDATE 22 JULY 2020
Practitioners of Massage and other complementary therapies can return to work from 22 July 2020, but can currently only work from their own premises. Please follow the Scottish government guidelines for returning to work which can be viewed on following link
THERAPISTS IN WALES UPDATE 17 JULY 2020
Therapists in Wales should be able to return to work on 27th July. A final decision will depend on the health conditions at the time and the necessary preparations being in place.
RETURNING TO WORK
All therapists returning to work will need to undertake a risk assessment. This involves identifying any potential risks with regard to coronavirus within the working environment and within the process of the treatment being given, once identified, the therapist should ensure that they do all they possibly can to minimise the risk to both the client and themselves.
The current government guidance in England is as follows
Beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, physical therapy businesses and spas across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July under new government plans, announced today (9 July).
Updated COVID-19 secure guidance sets out the measures that those providing close contact services should follow to protect staff and customers. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. This means that treatments such as face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments, should not be provided until government advice changes, due to the much greater risk of transmission.
Where 2 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, for example when providing a treatment, the person providing the service should wear further protection in addition to any that they may usually wear. This should be a clear visor that covers the face, or the use of a screen or other barrier that protects the practitioner and the customer from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking.
The government has worked with a range of stakeholders in the beauty industry to develop the measures close contact services will need to consider to become COVID-19 secure, including:
Business Secretary, Alok Sharma said:
We have been clear throughout this crisis that we want as many businesses as possible to reopen, but we must be confident it is safe for them to do so.
From Monday 13 July thousands more businesses which offer close contact services like nail and beauty salons will be able to welcome customers back in a way that is safe for both workers and the public.
Enabling these often small, independent businesses to reopen is yet another step in our plan to kickstart the economy to support jobs and incomes across the country.
The guidance also applies to businesses that operate in different locations, such as massage therapists working in people’s homes, and those learning in vocational training environments.
Businesses will need to keep records of staff and customers and share these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.
Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
Employers should display a downloadable notice in their workplaces to show their employees, customers and other visitors to their workplace, that they have followed this guidance.
THERAPISTS IN ENGLAND UPDATE 9TH JULY 2020
It has been announced today that all therapists in England will be able to return to work on Monday 13th July. All IPTI members in England who are practitioners, students and teachers of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Beauty Therapy and Nail Technicians will be able to return to work on Monday 13th July.
Fitness and Exercise Professionals and Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi Instructors will be able to return to work indoors in England from Saturday 25th July.
NORTHERN IRELAND UPDATE 2ND JULY 2020
It has been announced that all close contact businesses can resume work in Northern Ireland from 6 July 2020. This includes all Complementary Therapies, Spas, Nail Treatments, Beauty Therapy and Hairdressers.
RETURNING TO WORK UPDATE 24 JUNE 2020 – USEFUL LINKS
As you are aware massage and other physical therapists are still not allowed to return to work yet, however the government advice regarding who can return to work is actually quite clear and although they have referred to all massage and physical therapists under the heading of massage parlours (which is not very good), where they say massage parlours they mean all massage and physical therapists
The guidance for this can be found on the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020
We are hoping that when pubs and restaurants etc have been open for a couple of weeks, and there is not an increase in coronavirus cases, all therapists will then be allowed to return to work, when you do return to work you will need to follow the new government guidelines aimed at close contact service providers, these can be found at the following link
There is also a certificate within the guidelines that you can print off, sign and put up in your treatment room to let your clients know you are complying with government guidelines
LOCKDOWN UPDATE 23 JUNE 2020
The Prime Minister has made an announcement today which doesn’t really help most IPTI members with regard to returning to work. Hairdressers can return, Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Instructors can still work outdoors, but a move indoors is still not allowed. Physical therapists are still not permitted to work one to one with clients so massage in its various forms is still not allowed.
If members work in areas where physical contact is not required such as hypnotherapy, counselling etc. then work can be undertaken at a distance of one to two metres with the therapist and the client using face coverings and the use of enhanced hygiene measures.
Pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, cinemas, art galleries, museums, theatres and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be ease, people should remain 2m apart where possible but a "one metre plus" rule will be introduced.
We hope that in a couple of weeks, if the infection rate does not rise significantly, all physical therapists will be able to return to the work we so badly need.
MAKING PLANS FOR A RETURN TO WORK
IPTI members will be keen to return to work as soon as the UK government says it is safe to do so, preparing now will make it easier when the time comes so here are some guidelines to help you plan changes to the way you work to protect yourself and your clients.
When you return to work additional hygiene measures will need to be implemented. You will already clean everyday items used as part of your work such as couches, towels and equipment, but thought should also be given to additional cleaning for everything in the treatment room that a client may come into contact with, such as chairs, doorbells, door handles and many other items. This cleansing will need to be done between each and every client and be as thorough as possible.
Advice will no doubt be provided by the UK government and the NHS as to what additional measures may be required, but they are likely to include the use of face masks for the therapist and the client, regular and prolonged washing of hands, the use of hand sanitiser and /or disposable gloves , where possible have a window open to provide ventilation, the wearing of a plastic disposable apron and the removal of any items from the treatment room which are not absolutely necessary. Further measures may also be suggested before a return to work is possible these and could be updated as more therapists return to work.
Please remember that you are unable to return to work until you are advised that you can by your government and that guidelines over and above the ones listed here may well be necessary. Check the UK government advice at
This advice is updated regularly so keep checking!
Looking at the latest information from the government it is looking likely that Hairdressers, Beauty Therapists and Physical Therapists working in England may be able to resume work from 4th July at the earliest, provided that the infection rate is still falling!
This will be subject to therapists meeting the governments five tests - which will be revealed closer to the time. These tests will no doubt included increased hygiene requirements.
As soon as we are made aware of the five tests, we will let members know on our Facebook page and here on our website
PHASED RETURN TO WORK FOR THERAPISTS
With regard to the phased return to work hinted at by our Prime Minister, please find our guidelines below for physical therapists
The government have stated catagorically that social distancing must still be adhered to by all, this means that any physical therapy (massage, reflexology etc) can not currently be practiced, so an early return to work is not possible
When the government either states that hairdressers and therapists etc are able to return to work, or states that with regard to returning to work, social distancing can be replaced with the use of face masks and stringent hygiene measures, then physical therapists can return to work
Further updates will follow when more information is available
UK GOVERNMENT HELP FOR SELF EMPLOYED THERAPISTS
AM I CURRENTLY INSURED
I am sure that everyone is fully aware that we are now in lockdown which means no social interaction whatsoever and this included meetings of any kind in person with clients
Congratulations to all IPTI members who have managed to adapt the way they can work to take advantage of the fact that our policy can now cover work undertaken over skype or other similar platforms
I wish everybody all the best and we hope to interact fully at the conclusion of these worrying times!
Treating clients face to face is now not an option under the latest advice from our government as we head towards complete lockdown. We hope to see you all on the other side!
Always follow the current guidlines issued by the government with regard to coronavirus and bear in mind that these seem to change on a daily basis!
The IPTI policy has always had an exlusion within the policy regarding working via skype or other similar platforms, so memebrs would not have been covered for this type of work
Due to government recommendations that wherever possible people should try to work from home, we have had the exclusion deleted from the policy so memebrs can now work over skype eetc and will be covered under the IPTI policy
IPTI recommends that all members follow the advice of the UK government with regard to social interaction during this period of uncertainty
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