We were informed on Friday that someone who trains at the Hub had just been diagnosed with scabies. Scabies is a skin infection which is mainly transferred by direct skin to skin contact.
As an immediate precaution, the Circus Hub cancelled classes for the rest of the day on Friday and sought professional advice.
We understand that there is a low risk of infection being transferred via equipment and furniture at the Hub.
We therefore did a thorough clean of the Hub on Friday afternoon, which included a deep shampoo of the large blue floor area, disinfection of all scatter mats and crash mats on all sides, disinfection of all the equipment and surfaces that the person is known to have come into contact with and virtually every other piece of equipment around the Hub. All the sofas were also hot shampooed and all the cushions and blankets hot washed.
We have probably done more than necessary, but keeping our staff and students healthy and safe is one of our biggest priorities.
Classes were continued again as normal from Saturday.
Unless you've already been told otherwise, you will not have been in direct contact with the person who has the infection. However, if you show any symptoms of scabies yourself (such as a new and very itchy rash), please seek medical advice.
You can contact the Healthline for free on 0800 611 116, twenty four hours a day seven days a week.
You can also refer to the Ministry of Health website for more information.
Please advise the Circus Hub as soon as you can, if you are diagnosed with scabies, so that we can take action to prevent further infection.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the people who dropped what they were doing and came to help deep clean the Hub at very short notice – it is very much appreciated.
The Circus Hub