BISHTA – The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association – say there is no evidence that hot tub water would be unsafe to bathe in, especially when it is properly sanitised and at the correct pH value.
They recommend that bathers only share the hot tub with people from their own household, and no one should use the hot tub if they are feeling unwell.
Surfaces, such as the hot tub shell, lid and steps, are routinely cleaned between guests with a chlorine solution. We test hot tub water twice a day to make sure it is always correctly balanced.
BISHTA is aware of information from American colleagues ‘that the Coronavirus would be deactivated in properly sanitised water, at the correct pH value’.
Use the toilet and have a pre-bathing shower, to help to remove some of the possible pollutants on your body, allowing the hot tub disinfectant to concentrate on killing the bacteria and deactivating any viruses that may be present.
Using your own personal towels and then having them laundered at 60oC will help to minimise the risk of spreading any virus. When finishing your hot tub immersion, it is important to shower again.