After long consideration, we collectively (Touch of Relief Wellness, Bliss Massage and About Face Esthetics) have made the very difficult decision to close our doors as the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to come out, as well as encouragement from the Massage profession governing board and our liability insurance providers.

The waves of heightened CDC warnings, associated closures, and suspensions has made it clear that we need to take this step to ensure our safety (and our families) as well as our clients.

This was not an easy decision, as this not only affects you as clients, when we feel like this is a time more than any for the need for self-care, but from a personal financial stand point to all of us. This is going to be tough on everyone going forward.

As far as when we will open our doors, we just don’t have a clear answer to that. We will continue to monitor the situation on a day by day and week by week basis and make decisions accordingly. We can expect that this will be for approximately 2 weeks minimum at this point.

To be more clear on our decision, I copied this from a reputable massage columnist and Pocket Pathology partner Ruth Werner.

Here are some things we know that have led me to this point of view:

1. The time between exposure and symptoms can be up to 14 days.

2. The virus is contagious for days before symptoms develop, so your “healthy client” might not be.

3. The virus stays intact on surfaces for several days; it stays intact in the air for several hours (at least).

4. COVID-19 is extremely contagious, and it doesn’t take a lot of exposure to spread from one person to another.

5. The virus appears to be contagious after symptoms subside—but we don’t know how long.

6. At this point, older people and those with impaired immune systems are not necessarily more likely than others to catch the virus, but they are more likely to need extensive medical interventions. (Although that may be changing. In some countries the number of people in hospital care are skewing much younger.)

7. We don’t have enough medical capacity to manage what’s coming—which makes it even more vital not to add to that load in any way.

We will MISS all of you and wish you all well during this uncertain time.