*Updated* COVID-19 Statement for PABC Members


PABC is aware of members' concerns regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We encourage our members to monitor the situation ongoing and remain vigilant in staying up to date with reliable and evidence-based sources. Please refer to the helpful advice from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) below, supported by PABC.

*Update* We have also created a communication template that clinics can use to provide their clients with updates on clinic policies around booking appointments during this time. Members will be able to log in and access the resource at the bottom of the page (if you are not logged in you will not be able to see it). 

The WHO has declared that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic.
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides regular updates on:
  • the current situation, including the number of confirmed cases in Canada,
  • the risk to the Canadian Population, and
  • how Canada is monitoring the spread of cases.


How to Prepare and Protect: Your Patients, Yourself, and Your Team
What members need to know to provide care safely and to mitigate transmission where possible, to protect their patients, and to protect themselves: communication and prevention are key strategies to helping keep your team and your patients healthy.

Front line tips for patients and practitioners:
  • Wash your hands often, before and after providing treatment. Encourage patients to wash their hands often while in the clinic.
    • Place additional signage in and around the clinic to encourage regular handwashing.
  • Maintain social distancing; one-meter distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Ensure that alcohol-based hand sanitizers and/or a handwashing station is available.
  • Ensure that staff wash down equipment frequently – e.g. following patient use.
  • Share a message with your patients to remind them not to come into the clinic if they experience symptoms.
  • Hold regular team meetings with staff to review this information and provide any updates.


The following are links to important information for health professionals, including physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants.

Are you or your patients planning/returning from travel?

Front Line Support: Epidemic Response Recommendations Supported by the CPA

Additional information and advice can be accessed online at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy webpage.

  • Ensure that there is enough supply and access to appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front line staff.
  • Ensure that staff have an opportunity to take adequate breaks during and between shifts.
  • Ensure access to appropriate support services for psychological health of staff.

If you have any further queries please contact info@bcphysio.org