Petition to Washington Coronavirus Task Force, Governor Jay Inslee
A Plea For Fair COVID Treatment for WA Fitness/Wellness
We, the small, independently-owned and operated health studios and communities of Washington have banded together to challenge the mandate released August 3 that requires 17 feet of space between clients in our businesses. Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, casinos, malls, etc., (all with lots of lobbying money) have remained at the CDC-suggested 6 feet. To be clear, this new requirement is a death sentence for all small fitness businesses. For example, this would allow your average yoga studio to have 4 clients, your average barre studio to have 2 clients, your average HITT studio to have 3-5 clients. And this mandate will continue through Inslee's "indefinite" Phase 2 and Phase 3!! We've surveyed dozens of fitness studio owners--all on the cusp of closing down--and, complying with this new arbitrary mandate will be the nail in the coffin. Shockingly, this requirement is not founded in research or medical advice. Even more shocking, the new mandate exempts team sports--like football--from adhering to the 17 feet requirement. If this mandate was truly based in science, hopefully our leadership wouldn't exempt team sports, which are much, much more likely to pass CV-19 (sweating on each other, tackling, touching, etc). To serve our communities and keep our businesses from closing permanently, we ask that spacing requirements for health studios are similar-in-nature to all other service business requirements, including but not limited to bars, restaurants, and retail centers. ALL WE WANT IS FAIR TREATMENT. To that end, it is our position that: The Phase 2, Indoor Fitness and Training reopening requirements are reconsidered to allow for 6 feet between clients and no more than 25% capacity. In Phase 3, Indoor Fitness and Training reopening requirements are reconsidered to allow for 6 feet between clients and no more than 50% capacity. Owners will prohibit any “open gym” activities. All activities should be planned and scheduled to allow health studios to easily enforce attendance limits. Owners will ensure a minimum transitional period of 15 minutes between classes/sessions to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements. This will also allow staff to disinfect space and equipment between classes. Owners will ensure that each participant has (a) a designated training area to create appropriate and consistent physical distance and (b) designated equipment to minimize any physical interaction between participants. No sharing of equipment. Owners will ensure participants do not have Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with individuals who have Covid through the form of temperature checks and a waiver. We believe that our small facilities can effectively keep our clients and staff safe and healthy while maintaining the CDC’s recommendation of 6 feet of separation. To clarify, small fitness spaces are not big box gyms and should not be treated as such. There has been no evidence that the local outbreak in COVID cases are tied to health studios currently operating that have taken every precaution asked of them. Additionally, we believe that our health studios are essential in helping support and protect our community’s physical and mental health. It has been proven that exercise increases the circulation of your immune cells, which can locate and fight viruses. Exercise decreases inflammation in the body which can further improve immunity. Outside of the physical benefits of exercising, many of our clients have told us that by re-opening we have helped their mental health during these challenging times. Many members in our community do not have the space or the resources to purchase in-home fitness equipment such as a Peloton, and count on us to help them survive through this. It has become increasingly unclear why it is considered safer to dine out with 4 of your friends at one table at a restaurant, with no mask, but deemed too dangerous to exercise with a mask, over 6 feet apart, with all safety precautions in place in our studios. We agree to follow all updated cleaning and sanitation mandates, face coverings, screening protocols and other worksite specific safety practices but ask that reasonable restrictions be put in place that can continue to let us operate instead of shutting down. With the current restrictions in place, most of us will have to shut down indefinitely, with no chance of surviving. We welcome dialogue with local government leaders and health officials to discuss how small health studio owners can be most safe and effective in improving the health of our communities while continuing to mitigate the spread of the virus. Thank you for your time and service. Yours in Health, The WA fitness studio owners and communities
Petition to Governor Ralph Northam
Keep our Licensed Spa Professionals back to work, and deemed as essential in Virginia!
Good day All! The purpose of this petition is to: 1. Have Licensed Massage Therapy be deemed as “ESSENTIAL” in the case of another shut down in Virginia. To include licensed Massage Therapists who have completed schooling and taken NCBTMB or MBLEX for state licensure, and specifically exclude unlicensed bodyworkers who have not received state required training. 2. To allow Licensed Aestheticians to resume facial services immediately and be deemed as “ESSENTIAL” workers now and if another shutdown occurs.3. To allow the licensed providers who are not comfortable working, or do not feel they are adequately equipped to operate safely to be allowed to stay home, and fair financial compensation be secured either through their employer or the state. No one should be forced to work if they do not want to, however those of us with the means and education to provide a safe space that want to work should be allowed to. Below you will find personal letters from Licensed Massage Therapists, Licensed Aestheticians, and our clients making the case as to why we are essential, and why our services are essential. We are medical professionals and are licensed as such. Please note, letters from clients will not be included in the public petition to protect our clients privacy, however will be included in the final mailing to the Governor. 8/4/20 To whom it may concern: As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Master Aesthetician, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, and most importantly a mom in the state of Virginia I write to you today in hopes of being heard. I am also hopeful that appropriate action be taken to ensure that I am able to practice my trade and provide essentials for my family. I FEAR deeply that another shut down of “non essential” businesses is coming in Virginia, and I FEAR being able to pay my bills daily. The current restrictions on my industry have affected my family greatly. At this time although I am allowed to perform massage within restrictions, I am still not allowed to perform facials. I charge $95/ hour for a massage, however I charge $130/ hr for a facial. Additionally most clients who come in for a facial spend an average of $200 to $400 additionally on products, so with the current restrictions I am making ¼ of my regular income. I hope you are open to hearing and acknowledging why I am essential. To my clients I am very essential. For example one of my clients who sees me for sciatica owns an essential fuel company. Without my massage he suffers severe pain and he cannot work. The pain relief I provide to him via a combo of sports massage and neuromuscular therapy keeps him going. According to the guidelines during the last shutdown, he was able to go see a doctor and get prescribed opioids (which are highly addictive), and that was considered “essential”, however seeing me for natural pain relief was considered “non essential”. Furthermore as an Aesthetician, I had a 15 year old female client who was so uncomfortable in her own skin, suffering with acne she considered suicide prior to seeing me. I was able to clear her skin without her being put on the usual birth control or spironolactone (both with potentially awful side effects) that would likely have been prescribed by a doctor, and help her love herself again. To her I am very essential. Yesterday at my office I worked an entire shift (only providing massage, as facials still are not allowed) wearing an N95 mask with a cloth mask over top, as dental hygienists are doing. Additionally I have had a REME HALO 24V UV Light Model H-24 in Duct Air Purification unit installed within my HVAC system, that utilizes UV light to kill bacteria, funus, and viruses within the air. We clean every non porous surface with Citrus 2 in between each client. We are taking every precaution that other medical professionals are taking. There is no reason that Aestheticians should not be allowed to perform facials. If dental assistants are allowed to clean teeth, and considered essential, licensed aestheticians and massage therapists should also be considered essential. To be clear, those who are uncomfortable working, should not be forced to work, however those of us with strong immune systems, and in good health who want to work and are willing and capable of protecting ourselves and our clients should be allowed to work. Thank you for your time and consideration, Brandi M. Bovell Old Mechanicsville Health Spa, LLC Licensed and Insured Massage Therapist Licensed and Insured Aesthetician Certified Natural Health Practitioner Business Owner 8094 Mechanicsville Turnpike Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Office: 804.525.4038 OldMechanicsvilleHealthSpa@gmail.com To whom it may concern, I am writing to you to express my concern with my way of life being deemed “non essential.” I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and business owner in Henrico, VA. I have been successfully practicing my profession for 8 years. I love going to work everyday. Recently, due to Covid-19, my skill set was deemed non essential and unnecessary. This was a severe blow to my livelihood. The stress created from this situation was overwhelming. I would like to take this opportunity to educate anyone willing to listen as to why exactly Massage Therapy is in fact extremely essential, including in the midst of a pandemic. On the very basic level, massage stimulates circulation. Circulation is the very epitome of survival. All massage techniques stimulate the lymphatic system. One responsibility of this system is to distribute white blood cells throughout the body. Of course white blood cells are our natural immune defense system. Regular massage supports a healthy lymphatic network. This network is also responsible for fluid distribution. When you stub your toe it swells and as healing begins, the swelling decreases and the toe returns to normal. This is an example of the lymphatic system working perfectly. The swelling is to protect the area from more damage, it is a natural defense mechanism. As healing begins, the fluid is dispersed back through the body and voided. An example of the lymphatic system not working properly can easily be seen in pregnant women. When women are pregnant, massage is recommended to increase circulation and decrease swelling in the feet and legs which can lead to a host of problems from deep vein thrombosis to preeclampsia. Massage benefits mom and baby for a productive and healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Infant massage is growing in popularity in the US and with good reason. A baby who is born to poor circumstances; premature, addiction, birth defects, etc; and receives 15 min of massage a day leave the NICU 7-10 days sooner than babies who do not receive massage. It also stimulates the synapse in the brain 2 weeks sooner and supports improved sleep patterns. It promotes healthy organ function and healthy weight gain. All of these things benefit our babies and a healthy future. Geriatric massage supports our elderly population immensely. Along with easing tense muscles, it also increases blood flow to the limbs and improves balance and gait. This decreases risk of fall and devastating injuries that can and do occur more frequently in the elderly population. The increased circulation created through massage also improves sleep quality, gives immune support, helps relieve arthritic pain, and eases stroke recovery. Massage also gives a caring touch which reinforces the feeling of being cared for and comforted. We all want our loved ones in our lives longer and in the best health possible. Massage supports those outcomes. These are our 3 most vulnerable populations. There are many studies that have repeatedly proven these populations all benefit from massage therapy in huge ways. Massage therapy is governed by the board of nursing. We are required to complete a specific number of continuing education courses in order to maintain our license. We are professionals that live and work by a code of ethics. Massage therapists are deeply caring people who’s only goal is to help. It is in our best interest to protect our clients who support our livelihood. Massage therapy is a serious partner in the medical field and we want to be recognized for our support to this industry, our communities, and our economy. Thank you for your time, Jacqueline Bridges Steadman, Owner, LMT All Therapeutic Massage 2101 E Parham Rd. Suite 102 Henrico, VA 23228 (804)814-4973
Petition to Greg Abbott, Mike Morath, Eric Johnson, Judge Clay Jenkins, Justin Henry, Michael Hinojosa
Dear, Governor Greg Abbott, Judge Clay Jenkins, Mayor Eric Johnson, Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath: As the return to school looms and our war against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) still rages in the City of Dallas, the state of Texas and across the country, we call upon our leaders to take decisive action to halt the rising tide of the virus, protect the health and safety of our children and communities, and ensure that all children in the state of Texas have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. We call upon Governor Abbott and the Executive Branch of the State of Texas to: Delay mandatory in-person class-based learning in Texas until after January 28, 2021, through executive order. Work with TEA to ensure Texas School districts are funded at 2019-2020 levels, and that funding is not vulnerable to lower in-person attendance by students. Ensure that the Texas Education Agency provides full funding for public schools and districts through the 2020-2021 academic year and support districts, campuses, educators, students, and families reliant upon remote-only learning or mixed learning to keep them safe. Call an emergency legislative session for the purposes of funding Texas Public Schools through 2023. This will provide Texas school districts an opportunity to plan operations without concerns for immediate state funding needs. Establish an advisory committee, through executive order, to study the impacts of COVID-19 on the operation of Texas Public School districts; recommend an emergency plan for School management; and analyze state school district's capacity for provision of quality public education through digital format, and make recommendations for improvement. We call upon local leadership in the county and municipal governments, particularly the County of Dallas and the City of Dallas, TX to: Work with key local information and technology stakeholders to build the necessary infrastructure for a municipal wireless network to provide free mobile wireless broadband connectivity to the residents and public school students of Dallas County and the City of Dallas, TX. We call upon local school leaders to: Call upon Governor Abbott and TEA to delay mandatory in-person class-based learning in Texas until after January 28, 2021 through executive order. Call upon local leadership in the county and municipal governments to work with key local information and technology stakeholders to build infrastructure for a municipal wireless network and the provision of free, high-quality internet access to the residents and public school students of Dallas County. Require that all district staff follow CDC guidelines for schools, which stress the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and cloth face coverings. All staff and students must wear face coverings, particularly when physical distancing is not possible.Incorporate equity as a component in the district's short-term and long-term recovery plans. Identify learning gaps and instructional placement of students. Maintain the provision of mental health services, special education services, and meals for students and families.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19
My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine. I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed. But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water. Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.
Petition to New York Lawmakers
#ProtectMedicaid During COVID-19
Protect Medicaid for 6.3 million New Yorkers by keeping the maintenance of effort provision in coronavirus relief bills. 6.3 million New Yorkers depend on Medicaid for health coverage, including nearly 50% of New York children. Having health coverage during a pandemic is critical so that New Yorkers can get the care they need, when they need it most. Many states, including New York, have been asking for the ability to cut Medicaid eligibility. Cutting health coverage for individuals at this time would be disastrous for the state. It would lead to confusion and avoidance of care, which could further spread the virus. COVID-19 has also hit communities of color the hardest. Medicaid is a vital safety net for many families in these communities and taking it away would only further health disparities. Accordingly, we ask that you #ProtectMedicaid for New Yorkers by protecting the maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions in coronavirus relief bills.
Petition to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
We Support Wisconsin’s Mask-Up Order
We strongly support Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ order to wear masks when in public spaces and recommending masks outdoors when physical distancing isn't possible. Scientists and health professionals agree that wearing masks is critical to slowing the spread of the deadly Covid-19. Wearing a mask protects others, just like laws against drunk driving or driving on the wrong side of the road protect others. Without an order, Wisconsin will suffer more illnesses and deaths and put our friends, families and health care heroes at greater risk. A lack of an order will also result in coronavirus outbreaks that will require lockdowns, greatly harming Wisconsin’s economy, small businesses and workers. We look forward to the day masks are not needed. But we agree with scientists they are a critical tool right now for fighting the virus. We call on all our Wisconsin elected officials to protect our health, safety and economy by supporting the state mask order. We each must do our part to slow this highly dangerous pandemic and bring prosperity back to our cities, regions and state again.
Petition to Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Common Council
Milwaukee should require masks in public places to protect residents
Medical professionals, health officials and scientists say that wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19. The City of Milwaukee should require everyone to wear masks and practice physical distancing in public places. Many city, county and state governments already require this. Milwaukee should protect its residents, too, so they're safe as possible. Masks help prevent a wearer from infecting others. But mask wearers are not protected if others don't wear masks. Not wearing masks puts everyone in public spaces -- including customers and employees -- at risk. While some businesses require masks for everyone, others do not. There's no way a consumer can know where masks are required. Without rules, some people won't wear masks, even though they could infect others. With everyone wearing masks, workers and businesses will benefit, as more people feel safe to spend money at Milwaukee businesses. Can we truly reopen if we don't make Milwaukee public spaces as safe as possible? The City of Milwaukee should require that people wear masks in public places and maintain physical distancing until health professionals say these practices are no longer needed. The alternative is more lockdowns, business failures, and serious illness and death.
Petition to Dr. Mike Looney, Brian Kemp
Require the Use of Masks by Students in Fulton County Schools
The options presented to Fulton County students and their families for going back to school in the fall make them choose between remaining a part of their school community and their health. Students can opt to do school fully online, but be forced to withdraw from their school and enroll in an alternative high school without access to extracurriculars, or return to their school without appropriate safety measures in place. This means that some students will not be able to graduate from their own high school. If students wish to attend and/or graduate from their own high school, they must also choose to put their health directly at risk, as Dr. Looney will not require students to wear masks in schools that would protect each student’s life, as well as the lives of their teachers. We demand that Dr. Looney revise his plans for the return to school in the fall, and make it possible for students to stay enrolled at their home school while virtually learning. We also demand that Dr. Looney put the health of his students and teachers first by requiring masks for all people in the school building.