SWEATBOX SOHO AND COVID-19
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Sweatbox takes the health and safety of both its customers and staff very seriously. We were the first gay sauna to close our doors in March 2020 – in advance of the mandatory lockdown. We did this because we felt it was the right and moral thing to do.
Whilst constantly monitoring the situation, we chose not to re-open at any point until July 19th 2021. Again, we made this decision because we felt it was the right and moral thing to do.
OUR COVID-19 POLICY FROM JULY 19th 2021
Despite the fact that the UK Govt has lifted all Covid-19 restrictions in England, Sweatbox has developed its own policies and protocols that we feel offer the best balance of safety and enjoyment:
We will not be requiring any form of ‘Covid Passport’. We appreciate that a lot of our customers are younger adults and have so far only had the chance to receive one jab. We do not think it is fair to discriminate against them on the grounds of age.
TEST AND TRACE
The NHS COVID-19 app
The new NHS COVID-19 is now available to download for free in England and is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from COVID-19.
Test and Trace Guidelines:
We do not require you to wear a mask. However, for those who would feel more comfortable in a mask, we are selling the FFP3 masks which are now being used by staff in all NHS Covid wards. In recent tests, the FFP3 mask gave 100% Covid protection to the mask wearer.
If you choose to wear your own mask, we may require you to remove it temporarily and in a safe environment to make sure you are not using it to bring illegal substances onto the premises.
In 2019, Sweatbox completed a £1.2m refurbishment which included powerful, state of the art air handling systems capable of a complete air change every 9 minutes thus significantly impacting on the possibility of lingering airborne droplets.
OUR STERILISATION PROCEDURES:
Sweatbox uses an NHS approved Ultra Violet and Ozone based germicidal sanitisers called Airsteril. Our Airsterils are on constantly and are proven to be highly effective to kill airborn and surface based microbes and viruses.
Sweatbox is implementing a regime of regularly ‘fogging’ a room with a sanitiser capable of reaching and sanitising even hard to reach areas. This involves some powerful sanitising agents and will require your co-operation to leave the room whilst we fog it. However, the process takes no more than a few minutes.
As well as regular, deep cleaning, our steam rooms are regularly sanitised with a spray system called Sagewash which has been tested and proved effective against Parvovirus, Corona Virus, H1N1, Norovius, E-coli, Listeria & much else.
Our towels are made from microfibre not cotton. We chose microfibre because of its proven antimicrobial quality.
We use an Antibacterial laundry detergent.
SAFEZONE VIRUCIDAL DISINFECTANT
A major player in our comprehensive cleaning regime is Safezone which has been used by the NHS for many years due to its effectiveness at killing viruses and bacteria
GEL SANITISER AND ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES
Antibacterial gel for your hands and wipes for furniture are available throughout the building.