They’re due to reopen in the fourth phase on July 20th.
But according to experts, we can expect much tighter rules on health and safety in Irish spas once the Covid-19 restrictions are eventually lifted and we can finally book a massage or a facial.
‘’Guests visiting the spa will expect autoclave-sterilised tools, medical linen sheets and towels, and surfaces that have been disinfected with hospital-grade solutions,’’ said co-founder of The Irish Spa Association Peigin Crowley.
“We will meet the new expectations of our guests and our communities while retaining our caring core of empathy and wellbeing,” she added.
The Irish Spa Association has published new guidelines for Irish spas and salons planning their reopening, supporting the 25,800 people employed within their remit. The organisation warned its members that while the need for their services will remain, the interface will need to change to meet the demands of the ‘new normal’.
“When we reopen the doors, we’ve got to think about it from the client’s perspective.” Dr Patrick Treacy, the Spa Association’s Chief Medical Officer explained.
“Patients may ask themselves, ‘Is this going to be a safe visit for me? And should I do it or should I wait?’ Most importantly, we will have to fine-tune our processes now so that when the doors reopen we are a well-oiled machine. We will have to look at the entire patient process, from sending emails, managing patient opt-ins and so on. I think owners should create a video for their clients that shows empathy and safety, outlining all we’re going to do to protect them when they visit us.
“These will include Perspex shields, PPE equipment and possible COVID testing,’’
The Irish Spa Association has drawn on expert knowledge from international authorities, leaders and government agencies to create a reactivation plan for the sector.
While the reopening of Irish salons and spas is planned for July 20th, any reopening will be contingent on evolving public health advice so keep and eye on the latest Government advice before attempting to make a booking.