When will steam rooms and saunas open in the UK?
PARTS of the leisure industry are reopening and Brits are heading back to gyms, pools and spas but many are 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?
Spas, Jacuzzis, and pools have reopened, as long as social distancing is in place, but saunas and steam rooms are still off-limits in England.
Government advice remains that they "should stay out of use for the time being as the risk of transmission is unclear".
The latest advice adds: "Spas should keep saunas and steam rooms closed until further notice".
Leisure centres were permitted to reopen from 25 July.
Saunas and steam rooms in England were set to follow suit on August 1 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed last month that they must remain closed after a rise in coronavirus cases.
On July 31 he announced the Government had postponed the further easing of lockdown measures for specific grassroots sport, gym and leisure facilities.
Wet treatments in spas, such as saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools have been permitted in Northern Ireland since July 24.
Many businesses, including Spabreaks.com, are campaigning for the same in England, Scotland and Wales.
What will the new rules be?
Spas and beauty parlours began close contact services on August 15 with strict safety measures in place.
It is thought the rules will be similar when saunas and steam rooms reopen, but it is unclear exactly how social distancing could be enforced.
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.
The UK Spa Association has also drawn up guidelines which was drawn up with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.
When did gyms reopen?
Gyms in England reopened from July 25.
The news came as a welcome relief to bulging Brits looking to regain their fitness after months of gyms and leisure centres being shut.
But there have been noticeable changes to minimise the spread of coronavirus while adhering to new government guidelines.
Gyms must limit the number of people allowed to work out at any one time and equipment must be thoroughly disinfected after each use.
Some have closed changing rooms and gym-goers have been told to arrive and leave in the same clothes.
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