XpresSpa offers its airport spas as Covid-19 testing sites
The airport spa group XpresSpa is in discussions to offer its airport locations to the US government as testing sites for coronavirus.
The company, which usually offers express services such as massages and manicures to airline travellers in a number of airports, has contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as private laboratories in the US.
With over 40 locations across 23 airports, the spa operator is in conversations with coronavirus testing partners to help develop a testing model in US airports, including key cities such as New York, Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
“We believe our facilities could be of great utility in helping our Government test people as quickly as possible. We’ll work closely with local airport authorities on all plans,” says XpresSpa CEO, Doug Satzman.
“We believe we can help alleviate some of the long waits for testing for travellers entering the US, but we can also be available to test Transport Security Administration (TSA) employees, pilots, flight attendants and other airport personnel who are on the front lines,” he says.
The company has said it would be prepared to transform its locations into testing facilities, and the testing itself will be conducted by licensed health professionals. Many of XpresSpa’s employees are state licensed, which means they have received training in disease containment. Additionally, they are also TSA security approved, so they can be deployed to the sites immediately.
Several of XpresSpa’s locations are in US airports, but the company also has spa sites in both Dubai and The Netherlands.
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