At a press conference held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order stating all massage therapy businesses along with spas, hair, nails, and more, must shut down by 5:00 Wednesday at the latest due to COVID-19. At the moment there is no end date that we can find.

If you are a W-2 employee, you qualify for unemployment. When filing, put COVID-19 for the reason for separation. This will not go against your employer. Here is a link explaining.

If you are a s-corp paying unemployment on yourself, you should qualify for unemployment.

If you are an independent contractor receiving a 1099, at the moment you do not qualify for unemployment. However, if the state receives a federal disaster declaration which they have asked for, then you may qualify, in which case you would apply under Disaster Relief on the state unemployment website. Here is a link that is not yet updated from the last hurricane.

We understand this is a financial hardship on everyone. There are some part time jobs available such as grocery stores and delivery services. We understand that several counties and/or cities have mandated that essential services cannot be cut off. You can call each provider to work out payment plans. Most cities have food banks, soup kitchens if you need food. The schools are feeding the children during the week. If you rent, call your landlord to work out a payment plan. If you own, call your mortgage company or your PMI provider if you have it to work out payment plans.

If you are to renew your license this year, the BMBT has stated you can do all 24 hours online. There are many free classes, check the AMTA website first.

We appreciate each of our members. We are working diligently with our lobbyist and the legislature to ensure we all receive the assistance we need for our massage and bodywork practices.

In the meantime, please stay at home, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing of 6’ when you do have to go out. If you do get sick, call your doctor but do not go into their office unless instructed to do so. Let’s all do whatever we can to slow this virus down so we can get back to our businesses and clients that we love so much.

Rachel Mann

Government Relations Chair



Click here to have a letter submitted to congress to petition for financial aid relief from COVID-19



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