Returning to spas after Covid-19

Read our industry insights on how spas are working to protect your health and wellbeing after coronavirus

Are spas safe after coronavirus?

We are very much looking forward to being able to return to our favourite spa locations, and we are sure that you are as well. Thankfully, your long awaited break has arrived as spas in England, Wales and Scotland are now permitted to reopen their doors.

As places that can provide so much rest and reassurance to support our mental and physical wellbeing, as well as providing environments in which we can spend time with loved ones without the white noise of the outside world, spa experiences have the power to be extremely healing during both personal and collective times of stress. However, as always, health and safety is the first priority and we are very much aware that you might have questions around hygiene protocols at spas and how they are being updated in line with the Covid-19 health crisis.

The first thing we would like to reassure you about is that by their very nature, spas have always had extremely strict hygiene protocols. So this is already an inbuilt part of the way that they work, and at the forefront of their considerations even under normal circumstances. While existing protocols will remain in place going forward, there are also going to be additional updates and extra precautions taken to protect the wellbeing of both spa goers and anyone who works in a spa, so that we can all start to enjoy their many health benefits once again, reassured that they continue to be safe spaces for us to relax in.

With this in mind, we wanted to give you an insight into the protocols that are already in place at most spas and how they are being updated. This information is informed by the governing bodies, including the UK Spa Association, and we will continue to update this page as and when any further information is available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team.

Our insights

Our video interview with The UK Spa Association

We are working closely with The UK Spa Association to answer all of your questions about returning to spas. Here Helena Grzesk, General Manager of UKSA, reminds us of the relaxing and restorative powers of spa whilst explaining how we expect spas to return.

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Will it be safe to have a massage or touch treatment?

No spa would begin to re-introduce spa treatments as part of the spa experience before it was deemed safe. So in the first instance we would like you to be reassured that if a spa is offering spa treatments, it is because it has been deemed safe to do so.

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When will spas re-open after COVID-19?

We are delighted to confirm that spas are now permitted to reopen. There are several different regulations in place across the UK which alter the specific inclusions and facilities on offer. Here, we’ve collated all of the latest updates and information around reopenings.

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What spas have always been doing for hygiene and safety

Spas are required by law to adhere to a certain set of health and safety requirements. There are a lot of regulations that they need to comply with, both for the health and safety of spa goers, spa therapists and anyone else who works at a spa.

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New suggested hygiene protocols following Covid-19

These are some of the guidelines that are currently being suggested and put in place at spas, developed by industry leaders and governing bodies in line with health and safety authorities.

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Post Covid Spa Guidelines & Protocols - FAQs

We appreciate you may have questions about what to expect on your next trip. To help you prepare, we’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions about returning to spas.

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