Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Spas set safety protocols as clients flock for services

Glorious Bodies, Glorious Minds is fully booked this week.

The spa, owned by Nathalie Harris, is among those whose clients have been anxiously awaiting their reopening.

Spas and hairdressers officially reopened today as Phase Four of the country’s reopening gets underway.

Harris, who owns spas in Trincity and Arima, told Loop she is prepared to welcome back her clients.

She has installed customised screens on the manicure and pedicure stations, as well as sanitisers and will be implementing temperature checks for clients doing intimate treatments such as facials, massages, waxing and Lypossage.

Clients will also be expected to fill out questionnaires.

“We will have complete traceability and we will know every day which clients pass through,” she said, stating that anyone presenting with an illness will be asked to reschedule.

Harris said the services clients have been clamouring for the most are facials, pedicures and massages.

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Annastacia Ali, who runs South Spa: Skincare by Annastacia in Palmiste, received a flood of appointments when her establishment opened today.

She said clients will be taken strictly by appointments now so they can get their treatments right away and the area sanitised before another client arrives.

She said she has installed sanitisers throughout and there will be no entry without a mask.

“There will be no sitting in the sitting area and clients won’t be allowed to bring anyone with them,” she said, noting also that all products have been removed from countertops.

She said her workers will wear face shields and their scrubs will be washed overnight and kept in the spa for them to wear the next day.

Alicia J Walters said the first lesson in any aspect of the beauty industry is sanitation and they always adhered to those protocols at her establishment, Sassy Suite Ltd, in St Augustine.

“However, we have added the wearing of masks generally and using disposable towels during body waxing services. Our most sought after service is Brazilian Waxing and this requires intimate contact with our clients. We have become extra vigilant for anyone who exhibits any flu-like symptoms,” she said.

Walters said they have removed seating in the lobby area to allow for more space between guests and are operating on a more stringent appointment system to prevent too many people in the building at once.

She said: “Clients will be asked to arrive on time and wait in their vehicles once possible if they arrive too early for their appointments. We have placed hand sanitizer in different locations inside to make it easily accessible for clients. We operate a Cosmetology school, FaceForward on the same compound so going forward classes will have to be smaller to allow for physical distancing. I am confident that we have put enough in place to protect our clients, students and ourselves as much as we can at this point.”

She said Sassy Suite is almost fully booked for next week for waxing services and registration for classes has already started to trickle in.

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