July 6, 2021 the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative
Order 2021-17, which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2021-13. DCA AO 2021-17
removes a majority of the restrictions established by DCA AO 2021-13, including
the requirements for staff screening.
the Administrative Order eliminates or relaxes many requirements, all licensees
and owners of premises subject to regulation by the Board of Massage and
Bodywork Therapy must continue to practice in accordance with the laws and
regulations of their respective boards, unless specifically waived or modified
during the state of emergency.
due to the rescission of
Office of Emergency Management Administrative Order 2020-10, licensees of the
Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy are no longer prohibited from providing
services in their own homes or the homes of others, including clients.
should review the Order
closely for more information on the requirements for the provision of personal
care services. The Division has also issued guidance
that may be helpful to licensees.
The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy licenses massage and body work therapists and massage and body work therapist employers.
The purpose of the Board is to:
- protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
- regulate the practice of massage and body work therapy; and
- ensure that massage and body work therapy is performed in compliance with State law.
The Board protects the public by:
- making sure that massage and body work therapists meet all educational requirements for licensure;
- investigating and prosecuting massage and body work therapists who have broken the state's consumer protection laws; and
- requiring all massage and body work therapists to be licensed by the state and to renew their licenses every two years.