Spas are reopening amid COVID-19: Here are the rules

With America still on the road to recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic, nonessential businesses, including spas, are beginning to reopen. But many are wondering, “Is it safe?”

When most people think of a visit to a spa, feelings of relaxation immediately come to mind. However, the fears induced by the reality of COVID-19 have forced many spas to pivot or upgrade their offerings under new guidelines.

Will deep tissue massages, skin-enhancing facials and body treatments still be a thing? The short answer is yes, but staff and clients alike are approaching these beloved services with heightened awareness.

“One thing consumers do know is that they will likely be encountering a very different world when salons and spas start once again to take appointments,” Jeff Alford, the president of The CBON Group, Canada’s largest supplier of professional infection control products, said in a statement.

He continued, “The new norm in

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Struggling with post-lockdown anxiety? Try these mindfulness products, recommended by experts

A recent study found that more than 60 per cent of Britons feel uncomfortable about the idea of going out to bars, restaurants, gigs, sporting events or using public transport: iStock
A recent study found that more than 60 per cent of Britons feel uncomfortable about the idea of going out to bars, restaurants, gigs, sporting events or using public transport: iStock

From 4 July, many lockdown restrictions will ease in England, as the normality of everyday life gradually returns, albeit it looking different to pre-pandemic.

Pubs, restaurants, museums, art galleries, cinemas and hairdressers will reopen, with social distancing measures in place. The 2m social distancing rule will also be relaxed from the same date and instead, a “1m plus” distance is recommended, along with staying side by side rather than face to face and wearing face coverings in confined spaces.

Bigger bubbles of people are also now allowed to meet, with no limit on how many people can gather indoors, as long as they are members of just two households. Additionally, from 6 July those shielding in England will

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For Black Women, Joy Is Nonnegotiable

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images


On July 8, 2016, I wondered aloud: “When is it okay to laugh again?” I had been mourning the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small, all while trying to move through a world that hadn’t stopped because of our pain. It was physically and emotionally taxing to feel the survivor’s guilt of being on the other side of this pain and recognize that, for millions of people, it was just another day. Three Black men being killed by police in three days was business as usual for everyone but us, and I felt robbed of the opportunity to move through life unfettered by generational trauma.

Now, four years later, we’re in essentially the same place, mourning new names, people, lives. We did stop the world for quite a bit, but again, many have moved onto other aspects

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A postcard from the Lake District as tourism restarts

rydal water - tony west/getty images
rydal water – tony west/getty images

The return of visitors to the Lake District was a cool, calm and collected affair – despite fears of chaos at the UK’s beauty spots

“It’s not been anywhere near as busy as we thought it might have been.” This sentiment from Lake District National Park volunteer Chris Anderson sums up my return to Cumbria in a nutshell. 

On July 4, when many forecasted armageddon at the UK’s holiday hotspots, the reality in the Lake District was more cool, calm and collected than catastrophic – it appears the new normal of travel feels, well, fairly normal. 

An early start, in fear of hitting the traffic many predicted, meant I was one of the first people to arrive in Ambleside on Saturday, as local business owners lifted their shop shutters for the first time in months and the earlier risers among us fuelled up on

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