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COVID-19 Update

For the current update information, please visit our COVID Update Page


May 20, 2020

With some areas and provinces gradually re-opening businesses, we have provided a guideline for our Reflexologists on Suggested COVID-19 Prevention Methods for Reflexologists.

Keep in mind that this is only a guideline on what methods of prevention may be necessary if you do decide to re-open your clinic (provided that health authorities have permitted it in your area).

The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and even though some areas are allowing businesses to re-open doesn't mean that things are back to normal. These are NOT normal times and everyone must be diligent in preventing the spread of this virus.

If you are unsure if it is safe to re-open, then do not accept bookings!

Stay safe!

Prof. Donald Bisson and Valerie Carlson @ OCR Head Office

COVID-19 Coronavirus Situation

March 20, 2020

Hello to our OCR Students, Certified Members and OCR Teachers;

In light of the swiftly changing situation we find ourselves with the crisis and practising Reflexology, we are offering some guidance and suggestions to the common questions.

Earlier this week we advised our teachers who were still teaching to impart the importance of cleanliness to our students. We also gave them the option to postpone classes and to reschedule in-progress classes. "The coronavirus outbreak is becoming more serious in the concentrated areas and it is prudent to postpone all educational activities for the time being. This also applies to scheduled examinations - let us know when the exam has been rescheduled and resumed. Our policy is the student's and your safety comes first and none of the students will be penalized for missing their exam deadlines as we will extend them."

Inquiries and concerns from our OCR members and students about practising Reflexology have been professional and caring towards their clients and themselves. Some local Public Health Units have been asking spa's, massage, nails, therapist etc. to suspend practising. If your area is in a high-risk area it may be the right thing to do and postpone the sessions for the social-distancing 2-week period and go from there to see how things transpire.

Some members have called about liability if they give a session to a client during this time. Common sense prevails here. If you are in a densely populated area, then it would be prudent to wait until the crisis is over.

If you absolutely cannot avoid working in a clinical environment with a sick person or persons not exhibiting illness, then take all necessary precautions including masks, gloves and disinfectants including the work environment and washrooms. Be very careful to change all linens and wipe down chairs/tables with a sanitizer between each client.

Manulife has asked about our policy:
Our advice to our members is they may elect to continue to provide some services with caution only to those in need and after taking all recommended precautions to avoid infections. Those who are in good health otherwise are suggested to wait until the crisis is over. It is also contingent upon the local health unit's recommendations for the area.

If you are worried about your source of income, the federal government has announced an emergency financial package for those who are affected, even for those who are self-employed. Check the federal government's website regarding applying for  Employment Insurance at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Remember our motto here at OCR; no stress, no tears, especially now in this time of uncertainty. We would also add that common sense is a great tool to work with.

Stay safe, healthy and happy!

Prof. Donald Bisson and Valerie Carlson @ OCR Head Office
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