In restarting Art That Matters Therapy, as per BC’s Restart Plan, I would like to share with you the following protocols and precautions that I am implementing to help prevent the spreading of Covid-19 and to keep you and I safe. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to me.
COVID Pre-Screening Guidelines:
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OFFICE IF YOU ARE DISPLAYING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS:
- FEVER, CHILLS, NEW OR WORSENING COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, NEW MUSCLE ACHES OR HEADACHES, SORE THROAT
- IF YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TRAVELLED OUTSIDE OF CANADA WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS
- IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT OF A PERSON WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
The BC Art Therapy Association (BCATA) has recommended the following enhanced precautions:
- If you have Covid-19 or have any flu or cold symptoms, please stay home and cancel your appointment to help prevent spreading. I will do the same should I experience any symptoms.
- Hand hygiene is SO important: I will provide an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for clients but ask that you thoroughly wash/sanitize your hands before entering the studio.
- Hard surfaces/touch points and art materials will be wiped down with alcohol-based wipes between clients.
- Physical distancing will need to be practiced during sessions.
- Wearing a mask if you are healthy: According to the BC Centre for Disease Control wearing a mask is a matter of personal choice but with this recommendation:
“Wearing a cloth mask will not protect you from COVID-19 but it is a good option in situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others for an extended period of time such as when you are on transit, getting a haircut or visiting someone indoors.” BCCDC
You are welcome to wear a mask to your appointment and in the studio. I will greet you wearing a cloth mask at least until we are able to physically distance in the studio. I ask that you dispose of a used mask at home.
As per the BC Restart Plan, Art Therapy is included in Phase 2 (in-person counsellors). As of today, Phase 2 was implemented in mid-May. Appointments may be scheduled for Tuesday May 19th and onward unless directed otherwise by the PHO (Public Health Office) and government.
With warm regards,