When will leisure centres reopen in the UK?
AS the leisure industry reopens Brits are left wondering if they can get some time in a sauna or steam room.
But with all public saunas still closed, when are they likely to reopen?
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When will saunas and steams rooms reopen?
Gym's and pools have reopened, but sadly saunas and steam rooms are still off-limits.
Saunas were set to reopen on on August 1 in England.
However, on July 31 Boris Johnson announced that businesses set to open on August 1 are to remain closed until at least August 15 after the government has postponed the further easing of lockdown measures.
Specific guidance for saunas and steam rooms has not been issued, though these could be discussed alongside the reopening of gyms – as many of these facilities available are at leisure centres.
The Independent reports that spas are awaiting guidance from the government regarding thermal treatments – including steam rooms, jacuzzis and ice rooms.
What will the new rules be?
Spas and sauna's are lumped in with beauty treatments, so are working on the same schedule.
The government revealed new guidelines on July 17 that would "enable all close contact services to resume, including any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application, working closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure this can be done as safely as possible and in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines."
Boris Johnson said: "From August 1, we will be reopening most remaining leisure settings and we will enable close-contact services [such as] beauticians to resume."
However, the reopening date was postponed until at least August 15 due to a rise in coronavirus cases.
However, Boris Johnson said in June that the government is keen to reopen "close contact services" eventually.
He said: "We also intend to allow some other close contact services, such as nail bars, to reopen as soon as we can; when we're confident they can operate in a secure way."
But nonetheless the government still has concerns about protecting customers’ safety due to the close contact needed in these industries.
It is unclear exactly how social distancing could be enforced in a sauna or steam room.
A report from British Beauty Council suggests PPE measures as well as strict management of communal areas to keep them disinfected.
It also recommends having hand sanitising stations posted throughout spas.
When will gyms reopen?
Gyms in England have reopened as of Saturday, July 25.
The news will come as a welcome relief to bulging Brits looking to regain their fitness, after months of gyms and leisure centres being shut.
But there will be noticeable changes at these facilities to minimise the spread of coronavirus while adhering to new government guidelines.
Health experts are believed to be satisfied fitness centres are safe to head back to following a steady decrease in Covid-19 cases.
They will need to follow new rules such as limiting the number of people allowed to work out and equipment being thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Changing rooms could also be closed and gym-goers will be told to arrive and leave in the same clothes.
Gyms and leisure centres were allowed to reopen in England from July 25, but at least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut due to financial hardship.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also confirmed that indoor gyms, swimming pools and other sport and exercise facilities will not reopen in Luton or Blackburn with Darwen due to an increase in coronavirus cases in those areas.
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