On May 26, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health released changes to Directive 2, which originally required all regulated health professionals to stop or reduce non-essential services.
Effective May 26, 2020 kinesiologists and other regulated health professionals can, when all necessary precautions and protocols are in place to protect patients/clients and themselves, gradually and carefully begin providing all services, including non-essential services.
What this change means for kinesiologists
This change does not mean that you should immediately return to providing services in-person and the way you did before the pandemic. Kinesiologists and their employers must assess the risks of providing service in-person and implement appropriate infection control and prevention measures. You are strongly encouraged to resume service in-person only when you are satisfied that the benefits of providing service in-person outweigh the risks and appropriate measures are in place.
You should monitor the spread of COVID-19 in your community to inform your decisions of when to return to practice. You can refer to data from the Ontario Government, Public Health Ontario and your local public health unit.
Where possible, you are encouraged to limit the number of in-person visits for your safety and the safety of patients/clients. Kinesiologists are in the best position to determine which services should be provided virtually and which services can safely resume in-person with appropriate precautions and protocols in place to protect you and your patients/clients. The amended directive lists principles to consider when making decisions about the type of service to provide.
Guidance for kinesiologists on returning to practice
To help kinesiologists plan a gradual and safe return to practice, the College developed return to practice guidance. This guidance covers should be followed in conjunction with guidance from the Ministry of Health.
- College guidance on return to practice– This guidance is more specific to kinesiology practice (Updated June 22, 2020)
- College Practice Standard- Infection Control
- Infection control webinar from Public Health Ontario
- College guidance on providing virtual service
- Ministry of Health guidance on return to practice– General guidance for all health professionals (Updated June 15, 2020)
- General COVID-19 guidance from the Ministry of Health
Information is changing quickly, so please note that guidance may change. Check the College’s website regularly for the latest guidance and information.
If you have any questions, please contact the College via email.