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The Government announced in a press conference on July 9th, that close-contact services can reopen in England "subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services" from Monday 13 July.

What does this mean for Reiki Practioners practising ‘hands-on therapies’ in England?

In alignment with advice from CNHC, Reiki Practitioners may return to work from Monday 13 July subject to the exception below, and provided that you:

  • Do not treat high risk zones. This is defined in UK Government guidance as "the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard".
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that you are covered by your Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The UK Government guidance for close contact services can be found here.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local lockdown restrictions you cannot return to work yet.

CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work in line with the Government’s guidance is being updated. TRA will keep you informed when it is released.

Please read through all the information links given here to make sure that you are fully prepared to return to work, to ensure safety for yourself, your clients and your family.

Latest update on devolved governments' announcements for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please note the corrected information for Scotland below:

NORTHERN IRELAND

Face to face therapies:
From 6 July practitioners in Northern Ireland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Hands-on therapies:
From 6 July practitioners in Northern Ireland can return to work provided they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

SCOTLAND

Face to face therapies:
From 15 July practitioners in Scotland can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Hands-on therapies:
On 9 July the Scottish Government announced it is in Phase 3 of the route map of moving out of lockdown. Personal retail services such as beauticians can re-open on 22 July but, unlike other countries in the UK, no mention has been made of other close contact services being able to reopen in the Scottish Government's outline of key dates. Until we hear further from the Scottish Government about other close contact services, CNHC advice remains that "hands-on" therapist in Scotland cannot return to work.

WALES

Face to face therapies:
From 13 July practitioners in Wales can return to work provided:

  • They can maintain social distancing of 2 metres
  • Have full infection control measures in place,
  • Have confirmation that they are covered by their Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Hands-on therapies:
27 July has been announced as the provision date of returning to work.

If this date is confirmed by the Welsh Government, practitioners in Wales can return to work provided that they have full infection control measures in place and have confirmation that they are covered by their professional indemnity insurance.

CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work can be found here.

Full update for return to work for face-to-face therapies and hands-on therapies is available on CNHC website.

We wish you the very best with the decision you make at this time, whether you return to work right away or choose to wait.

 

The Reiki Association Council and Return to Work team.

 

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