By now you’ve likely heard the news that both the CDC and the state of Michigan will no longer require individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear face coverings either outdoors or indoors, and by July 1st no one will be required to wear masks at all. We are eager to celebrate this huge step forward, but we also want to be cautious because the pandemic is certainly not over, and while many of our clientele and our staff have been fully vaccinated, there are those who have not yet been able to for various reasons.
To that end, we have decided that masks will be optional during massage if both the client and the therapist have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means they have received the last in their series of vaccinations and allowed two weeks time or more to pass. Since there may be other clients or staff in the lobby who have not yet been vaccinated, clients will still be required to wear masks until they are in treatment rooms.
If you would like the option to remove your mask during your massage with therapists who are fully vaccinated, please bring in your original vaccination card so we can add a copy of it to your file. Additionally, if you do not have the card you can also sign an affidavit confirming your vaccination date and location and authorizing us to contact the provider to confirm your vaccination status.
Please note: these changes are 100% OPTIONAL. Anyone who does not want to provide vaccination verification may still continue to wear a mask just as before. Anyone who is not comfortable being unmasked or having their therapist unmasked may continue to wear a face covering and/or request their therapist wear one, as well. This is a complicated and nuanced situation, and we respect everyone’s right to make their own choices while also taking very seriously the potential risks to our unvaccinated employees and clients. We ask that you do the same!
We will continue to call clients ahead of time to go through a brief screening, and go over these details. As always, we do require that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling ill or exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus. Thank you for your continued support, and...
UPDATE: As of 8/1/2021 we highly recommend everyone wear masks while in our facilities to help reduce the spread of the Delta Variant.
Nicholas Garman, LMT NSCA-CPT
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