The AMTA has put together a COVID-19 resource page on the national website. This includes additional links for financial assistance to massage therapists, reopening guidelines, CDC resources and state-specific executive orders and restrictions. To access the national AMTA resource page, click here.
New Mexico issued two public health orders on August 17, 2021. One order re-implements mask requirements for indoor settings and the other requires workers in high risk settings to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Effective August 20, 2021:
- Unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise, all individuals age 2 years and older shall wear a mask or multilayer cloth face covering in all indoor public settings except when eating or drinking. Nothing in this Public Health Order shall be construed as prohibiting any business, house of worship, non-profit entity, or other entity from imposing more stringent requirements.
- Any business, establishment, or non-profit (other than those which are a healthcare operation, utility, or indigent care services) which members of the public regularly visit must report to the New Mexico Environment Department when there is an occurrence of a rapid response. The New Mexico Environment Department shall monitor when an entity has four (4) or more rapid responses within a fourteen (14) day period. For purposes of this directive, rapid responses will be counted on a rolling basis. Businesses, establishments, or non-profits with four or more rapid responses shall not be required to cease operations. However, the rapid responses must be reported to the Environment Department so that the public may be made aware of the positive cases.
- All businesses, establishments, and non-profit entities must adhere to the pertinent COVID-Safe Practices.
- Businesses, houses of worship and other entities may enact stricter requirements at their discretion.
The current public health orders and COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico affect massage therapy license applications in the following ways:
- 2021 Renewals LMTs who are due to renew their licenses in 2021 have 6 months from the date the public health order is lifted to submit proof of CE hours and/or CPR and First Aid certification. The CPR and First Aid course may be either online, or in person (if available.)
- 2020 Renewals LMTs who renewed in 2020 and did not complete the required continuing education have 6 months from the date the public health order is lifted to submit proof of CE hours and/or CPR/First Aid/AED.
- Initial Licensees Massage Therapists who are applying for a license in New Mexico for the first time must meet current rule requirements to obtain licensure, including attending an in-person CPR/First Aid/AED course.
- The First Aid/CPR course may be either online or in person Proof of CE hours or CPR cards may be submitted via email to email@example.com
Check out the NM Department of Health website for stats, plans, FAQ’s and more. This serves as a hub for information pertaining to the coronavirus and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
For more detailed numbers, visit the NMDOH dashboard, which shows historical stats and demographics. Also, you can use the map to see cases and/or tests by county or zip code.