Coronavirus latest: Harrogate Turkish Baths steps up cleaning measures in response to virus outbreak

Hygiene measures have been stepped up at Harrogate Turkish Baths in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Saturday, 14th March 2020, 8:21 am
Updated Saturday, 14th March 2020, 8:24 am

The council-run Victorian venue said staff are cleaning spa and treatment rooms more frequently - as it continues to monitor the situation with advice from health experts.

A spokesperson said: “We encourage all our guests to wash their hands before and after their session in-line with government advice. We receive our advice from Public Health England and understand that frequent hand washing is the most effective method to protect both guests and our staff.

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The spa venue is owned by Harrogate Borough Council.

"As a precautionary measure we have increased our cleaning frequency at the Turkish Baths Harrogate.”

The venue opened in 1897 and the council took over management in the late 1990s. It has a health spa with a range of treatments.

North Yorkshire's first case of the coronavirus was confirmed yesterday, March 12, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a move to the delay phase of the outbreak.

He also described the outbreak as the "worst public health crisis for a generation."

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter