As beauty salons and spas reopen in Hong Kong, hygiene protocols are being boosted – here’s how
- Fearing facials? Have misgivings over massages? Don’t worry – spas and beauty salons are implementing new hygiene measures to dampen worries
- Industry norms to include mandatory mask wearing, temperature checks, health declaration forms and regular sanitisation
Hong Kong’s relaxation of social distancing measures is rare good news for close-contact businesses in the city that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, including beauty salons and spas, which last month were forced to shut for two weeks after three were linked to coronavirus infections.
But as people tentatively return to their old routines, some remain wary about visiting such establishments. Hong Kong resident Sara Chan is one. She says the wellness industry is more vital than ever right now, but she will be checking on what hygiene protocol is in place before she books any appointments.
“I don’t want to be stressed about something that is meant to be about de-stressing,” she says.
To boost customer confidence, beauty parlours and spas in Hong Kong have implemented measures such as the use of masks, hand sanitiser and temperature checks to ensure clients get their bodies scrubbed and faces plumped in a virus-free environment.
The new industry normal also means stricter screening of clients, including sharing details of recent travel, while therapists are being better educated on how to protect themselves and their clients from diseases.
At EstheClinic in Central, treatments are held in separate rooms which means only one client and one therapist are in the same room at one time.
“We are going to great lengths to ensure that the clinic is at the highest level of cleanliness,” says managing director Solène Verrot, adding that products, devices, doorknobs and light switches are sanitised after each treatment.
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