Covid-19 update: saunas and steam rooms in England can reopen

After six months of enforced closure due to coronavirus, spas in England can finally reopen their saunas, steam rooms and thermal facilities with immediate effect.

For spas to operate these facilities in a Covid-19-secure way, the following rules for saunas, steam rooms and thermal facilities must be followed:

The full protocols for guidance around Covid-19-secure use of saunas, steam rooms and all thermal facilities have been published in the DCMS guidance for Sports and Gym Leisure Facilities, not in the Close Contact Services Guidance.  

The UK Spa Association (UKSA) wrote to the Prime Minister, chancellor, secretary of state for BEIS, secretary of state for DCMS, and chief medical officer on several occasions to request a reopening date and to further emphasise the evidence around the safety of saunas and steam rooms.

This is amazing news for the spa industry who were frustrated when saunas and steam rooms were unable to reopen on August 15, as originally planned.

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