With the South African spa sector still attempting to recover from the devastating economic aftershock of the national lockdown, comes the depressing news that spas in England will be forced to shut for four weeks as from 5 November.
This second national lockdown, which affects all ‘non-essential businesses’ and includes beauty salons and hospitality services, was announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 31 October, as the country grapples with its second wave of COVID-19 infections. The UK now has over one million cases of the virus and the new lockdown is expected to include travel restrictions.
Meanwhile, South African spas are still not allowed to open their hydro facilities to clients and several hotel spas have not yet resumed operations.
Against this background, the South African government is urging citizens to remain vigilant in COVID-19 safety and social distancing protocols and warning of a possible second wave, which would likely lead to another lockdown.