Reopening of Massage Facilities
On Friday, June 26, 2020, Governor Murphy
issued Executive Order
157, amending Executive Order
154, allowing licensees of the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling
and the Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy to perform services that require
removal of a client’s face covering as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
response to Executive Order 157, the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued Administrative
Order 2020-11 (DCA AO 2020-11), which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2020-09. DCA
AO 2020-11 now provides standards for the provision of personal care services
that require removal of a client’s face covering, including requiring licensees
to wear additional protective equipment and advising clients of the risks
involved. DCA AO 2020-11 also clarifies COVID-19 screening protocols for
clients and staff. The order otherwise maintains the health and safety
standards required by DCA AO 2020-09 designed to protect clients, staff and
licensees from the continued risks of COVID-19.
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.