GR Committee continues to monitor the ever changing COVID-19 mitigation as it relates to practice of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.
Our current status according to our lobbyist, Christina Zuk of Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG) is as follows:
“We regularly communicate with the Governor’s office regarding the re-opening of different sectors of the economy,
and at this point in time the focus remains on gradually permitting outdoor activities
where maintaining social distancing is possible.
That said, we have submitted AMTA-NJ’s position for consideration
when the discussion on personal care services begins
and will continue to keep the association appraised of any developments.”
A resource of interest for members who seek real time updates from the Governor’s office, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/
These daily briefings generally take place at 1:00 PM.
The National AMTA website is an excellent resource for guidelines for reopening post COVID-19.
Please find the information at https://www.amtamassage.org/
During the briefing of Friday, May 15, Governor Murphy announced
that there will be additional funding available for continued financial assistance of NJ Small Business.
We hope this information provides reassurance that Massage and Bodywork Therapy is being closely watched
for changes that affect our ability to practice safely.
Government Relations welcomes your e-mails of concern and opinion regarding “return-to-work” at GovRel.AMTANJ@gmail.com.
Click here for
NJ Workers FAQs on COVID-19 Emergency
Regarding AMTA Insurance Coverage
The policy through HPSO requires that covered AMTA members are appropriately licensed to provide professional services and that they comply with state, federal and facility guidelines relative to scope of practice and practice setting. If there is a government order that mandates non-essential businesses close, and massage therapy is not considered essential in that governmental jurisdiction, then the therapist would be practicing outside of the governmental order, guidance, law or regulation; and coverage would be excluded in the event of a claim. Call HPSO with specific questions about AMTA’s coverage: 1-888-253-1474.
|Click here for NJEDA 3/26/2020 Announcement on initiatives to support businesses impacted by COVID-19
FROM Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG)
Updated COVID-19 UPDATE:
General Assembly Voting Results
For the first time ever, the New Jersey General Assembly , pursuant to P.L. 2020, c.2,
conducted a remote voting session at 2 P.M. today. Here are the results:
|Awaiting the Governor Phil Murphy’s (D) Approval:
S2304 / A3900(Sweeny / Scutaro)
Concerns family leave and disability benefits during epidemic-related emergencies. PASSEDAwaiting action in the Senate:
(Chiaravalloti / Kennedy / Speight)
Permits professional and occupational licensing boards to reactivate licensure of certain individuals during state if emergency or public health emergency.
(Wimberly / Coughlin/ Armoto)
Permits extension of certain deadlines applicable to certain government units under emergency circumstances.
(Downey / Houghtaling / Swain)
Authorizes notaries public to perform certain nonarial acts remotely during certain public health and state emergency.
(Burzichelli / Schepisi / Lampitt)
Permits use of virtual or remote instruction to meet 180-day school year school year requirement under certain circumstances.
If you are filing Unemployment Claims online,
please click here and read this message
forwarded from AMTA-NJ Government Relations Chairperson, Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian.
NJ CE Notice:
New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy has voted for this 2020 Licenses Renewal period,
you will be allowed to take ALL of your Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) on-line.
The Board previously allowed only 6 on-line credits. This excludes CPR at this time.
Since most of us are in our safe havens, now is a great time to get started.
Thank you again to the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.
AMTA-NJ 2020 SPRING CONVENTION
May 16 – May 17
The AMTA NJ Chapter meeting is an opportunity for our members to gather and take advantage of top-quality continuing education. However, the health and wellness of our members is the highest priority for AMTA and our chapter. That includes supporting safe learning environments.
Given the current information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and our state health officials, and in consultation with the AMTA National Office; your chapter board of directors has decided it is in the best interest of our members to cancel our chapter meeting originally scheduled for May 16 & 17.
If you have registered for the conference, you will be issued a full refund automatically. You will need to cancel overnight reservations directly with FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center by calling them at 732-356-1700.
You will be hearing from us in the future regarding out chapter’s next educational opportunity.
Thank you for your support of AMTA.