Amid fear of the impending third wave of COVID-19, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Saturday announced slew of relaxations in the capital city which will be coming in effect from July 26. According to DDMA's orders, Metro and buses from july 26 will be permitted to operate with 100% capacity from 5 am while cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes will function with 50% capacity.
Spas have also been allowed to stay open from Monday, however a list of measures have been laid down by DDMA which should be followed mandatorily by owners and visitors both.
A look at following conditions / restrictions to be followed by spas:
a) There shall be strict compliance of the conditions specified in the Office Memorandum dated 18 November, 2020 of MoH&FW in respect of Spas. Six (6) feet distance shall be in general maintained between clients and employees. Insofar as the service providers i.e., therapists etc. are concerned, they shall maintain all standards of hygiene, masking etc., as set out below.
b) In addition, considering the nature of services provided in spas, all employees in such establishments shall undergo two dose of COVID-19 vaccination or fortnightly RT-PCR test, especially the therapists who are likely to come in close contact with the clients.
c) All therapists and other employees, as also the visitors, shall be subjected to thermal temperature checks and if anyone shows any symptoms, they would not be permitted entry in the establishment.
d) All service providers shall wear face shields and masks while providing therapy. For treatments which are longer than 30 minutes, a PPE kit should also be worn in addition.
e) Clients should preferably wear masks to the extent possible, considering the nature of services which are availed of.
f) All visitors/clients shall sign a declaration form to the effect that they have not contracted COVID-19 and if they have, they have tested negative The establishments are permitted to take a written consent form accepting the risks that may be involved for clients/visitors.
g) Tools including clothing other apparel, towels etc. used for clients shall be sanitized after each and every treatment.
h) It shall be ensured that hygienic conditions are maintained in the spas and other safeguards in force for salons shall also be adhered to by the spas.
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