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COVID-19 Update: A Message from the Chairman

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- by Adam Chatterley

In light of the most recent announcements from the government and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging that all nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres should close "as soon as they reasonably can" I think the time has come to advise all our members, indeed all spas in the UK, to cease performing treatments on clients as soon as feasibly possible.

The announcement was made at the 5pm daily briefing by the Prime Minister on the 20th March at around 5:30pm. Unfortunately spas were not specifically identified, however we at the UK Spa Association are in agreement that as an industry we need to do we can to support the effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronaviris.

We must now focus our efforts on supporting the NHS, by doing whatever we can to slow the spread of this virus. In turn, the NHS may then focus their efforts on caring for those most severly affected.

Given that the announcement has come so late in the day on a Friday, it seems practical to honour those treatments remaining that you have booked in with clients on Saturday 21st March, however we are advising all spas to contact all clients with bookings from Sunday onwards that treatments will now cease until further notice.

 

Update: The Government has now provided further information including specifically identifying spas and is asking these businesses wherever possible to close as of today. Click here for more info.

 

Equally we advise that this latest announcement applies to thermal facilities within spas.

I know this will be a very difficult descision to make for spas that have not already volountarily reduced operations, but the additional support for workers wages also announced today will hopefully ease the burden on spas who were continuing to operate in order to remain in business and continue to meet financial commitments and pay their staff for as long as possible.

We will continue to keep our members and the wider industry updated with any further information that comes to light, but I'd like to thank you in advance for your support and urge you to follow this latest advice from the government for the larger public health.

We remain an incredibly strong and vital industry for the UK's health and economy. Now is the time to stand together in these uncertain times, but to send a clear message and support the efforts to slow and beat this awful virus.

Yours Sincerely,

Adam Chatterley
Chairman UK Spa Association

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Saturday, 31 October 2020