Ontario Government Issues Stay-at-Home Order – No Changes for Regulated Health Professionals

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the Ontario Government announced a state of emergency and province-wide stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, the stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, or for essential work.

Regulated health services continue to remain open, and TCM practitioners and acupuncturists may continue to operate with all safety precautions in place. There are no changes to the scope of care TCM practitioners and acupuncturists are permitted to provide as a result from the government's announcement.

CTCMPAO members must continue to follow the requirements set out in the Chief Medical Officer of Health Directive 2, COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart, and the College's Return to Practice Guidance Document.

Members must also continue to follow all public health measures from the provincial government, the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario.

All members are expected to continue to follow strict infection prevention and control protocols to prioritize the safety of their patients, staff, and community. The College thank TCM practitioners and acupuncturists for their continued efforts in keeping their colleagues, staff and patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College continues to closely monitor the situation for any new directions from the Ministry of Health. Please visit the College website regularly for any further updates. For additional information and resources, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.