Québec minister of health and social services, Danielle McCann, and minister of labor, employment and social solidarity, Jean Boulet, announced on Wednesday that Quebecers will once again be able to receive private health care, personal care, and aesthetics services. This notably includes dental care, optometry, physiotherapy, osteopathy and hairdressing and esthetic services.
Outside the Montréal area, all of these services will be permitted as of June 1, 2020.
The CNESST, Québec’s workplace health and safety agency is making available three specific tool kits to adequately support targeted companies in the oral care, therapeutic care, and personal care. These virtual tools were produced in concert with public health and partners from the respective sectors
Obviously, any client with symptoms of COVID-19 (eg fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of smell) should not use these services. Those affected must postpone their appointment and be placed in isolation for 14 days. When they resume their appointment, they must not have had a fever for at least 48 hours, nor have symptoms for at least 24 hours.
“Rigorous prevention measures will have to be put in place, especially since these are sectors where there is greater physical proximity. I know this announcement will do a lot of good for many people, but we must keep working hard and continue to follow public health guidelines,” said McCann.
“Even if we are currently in a gradual resumption of economic activities, there is no question of stopping protecting ourselves. Our goal is to be able to protect workers and their clienteles. Our government will not compromise on the health and safety of workers, said Boulet.
CNESST oral, therapeutic and personal care kits are available for health care and aesthetics professionals to use at www.cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/salle-de-presse/covid-19/Pages/trousse.aspx.
Due to the nature of the care provided by dental professionals, additional preventive measures will be implemented. For example, patients should rinse their mouths with an antiseptic mouthwash before their treatment.
The following professional and personal health and esthetics services are re-opening:
Oral care clinics and dental centres (all dental care)
Companies in the therapeutic care sector (physiotherapy, osteopathy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, psychology, optometry, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, career counseling, social work, marital and family therapy, sexology, other forms of therapy, nutrition, speech therapy and audiology, podiatry, other forms of alternative or alternative medicine, etc.)
Grooming care for animals
Companies in the personal care and aesthetics sector (hair salon, barber, beauty center, manicure and pedicure area, hair removal services, skin care, tattooing, piercing, etc.)