Albertans will once again be able to enjoy an indoor sauna or hot tub.
The province has given the green light to reopen indoor whirlpools, and indoor hot tubs, dry saunas, and steam saunas. These types of facilities have been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March.
The province gave the go-ahead for outdoor hot tubs and whirlpools to open in July, and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Deena Hinshaw, said Thursday that they have seen no issues or cases with those facilities since reopening.
Hinshaw also cited British Columbia as an example, saying that that province has already reopened the indoor facilities without reporting concerns.
The sites will have to follow the same guidelines as swimming pools, such as having capacity limits, posting COVID-19 signage in visible areas, and setting up hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol throughout the site. Physical distancing measures and one-way walking traffic should also be established and the sharing of equipment should be limited.
More details are available on alberta.ca.