With Northern Light Health’s announcement that they would no longer require masks at most of their facilities, effective April 20, 2023, I began to review policy changes here at Birch Tree Wellness. Given the up-close nature of massage, I continue to be cautious, but maybe cautiously optimistic. These COVID policy changes are effective as of May 1, 2023.
MASKS ARE OPTIONAL: You will not need to wear a mask to enter the office, and you can choose whether or not to wear one while face up on the table.
Please consider wearing a mask if:
- You are super chatty during your massage
- You have been exposed to anyone who is ill (COVID, cold, whatever)
- You have any respiratory symptoms (cough, congestion, runny nose - yes, even though it’s allergy season)
- If you are immune compromised
I WILL still be wearing a mask while you are face up, particularly when working around your head
VACCINES ARE STILL REQUIRED: Especially since I’m loosening mask requirements, I will continue to require vaccines as close to the current CDC guidelines as you can manage.
CURRENT CDC GUIDELINES:
- Everyone age 6 and over should have received the new bivalent booster.
- New guidelines out at the end of April recommend that people over 65 or who are immune compromised receive a second bivalent booster.
- Ideally you should have at least one bivalent vaccine by now, if it has been more than a year since your last booster or COVID infection, please reschedule once you have been boosted.
- I do not expect to change the vaccine requirement very soon, especially since we’re giving this "masks optional" thing a go.
All the massage equipment and room surfaces are wiped down with hospital-grade disinfectant after each appointment. A fan and air purifier are running in the massage room all day. I received the most recent COVID booster and a flu shot on October 26th and will receive a second bivalent booster as soon as I am able to.
If you’ve been exposed to COVID or have had COVID within the last two weeks, please take a home test the morning of your appointment. If you still have symptoms, please reschedule. I understand there is often a lingering bit of cough with COVID and that’s okay.
As usual, if you’re not feeling well for any reason, please don’t come in. There are no penalties for same-day cancellations if you’re sick, though 24 hours or more is greatly appreciated. Please wait until the symptoms have been gone for at least 5 days before rescheduling. If I am not feeling well, I will reach out to you as soon as possible before your appointment.
These policies are subject to change as the circumstances change.
Thank you for your continued patience.