We are excited to start floating again (we need it at least as much as you do), and we want to make sure we are doing everything we possibly can to keep you and our staff safe. We still believe that floating is on the lesser end of the risk spectrum, but we’re taking all available improvement advice from experts and our professional association, the Floatation Tank Association.
Sanitation has always been vitally important to us, but in this pandemic we are going to enhance our normal procedures. Part of that enhancement is the addition of UV-C sanitation lights to the rooms, and portable UV-C sanitation for the insides of the tanks. UV-C has been a standard of clean room technology for years, and I hope this addition will increase your peace of mind. Shipping is still kind of dicey these days, so I don’t have a firm date on their arrival. We’ll also have some changes to the way we do things, but I’ll go into that in a future post.
We will open when we have everything in place to assure maximum safety for you and our staff. Here’s the general checklist we’re using:
Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, disinfectant, gloves, etc) are easy to source.
New equipment has arrived, including safety equipment for staff.
UV sanitation lights have arrived and are in working order.
Repairs are finished.
Staff-only soft opening to practice new procedures.
Soft opening for members.
Opening to the general public.
We’re looking pretty good on #1. Toilet paper and gloves can still be elusive, but disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and disposable masks are generally available again. I’m confident we have adequate supply on hand. We’re also in good shape on #2: I have a big pile of new Stuff, with more on the way. The rest are in progress, and I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you for your patience as we adapt to this new normal!
We have been paying close attention to the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds, and in light of Somerville’s expanded state of emergency declaration, Colin and I have decided it’s time to close. We will reassess at the end of March, taking into account current advice at that time.
If you had an appointment on our calendar in April, we’ve left it alone for now, but the rest of the calendar is frozen through April 6th. We’re keeping a list of everyone who had to be canceled in March, and we’ll give you a call back when we know we are reopening, to give you a chance to make your appointments first.
Like all other small businesses here, we are going to take a big hit with this. I hope you’ll consider leaving your float credit on file with us and rescheduling. If that’s not possible, I understand. For refund requests, please email Service [at] floatboston.com, or call 844-443-5628 and leave us a message. Please have patience, as we will not be staffed and will be checking messages rarely.
Alternatively, if you want to show us a little support, you can purchase floats or gift cards online for use at a later date.
Update March 16th: In light of Somerville’s expanded state of emergency declaration, we have decided to close FLOAT at least through the end of the month. We will reassess at that time, taking into account CDC and City advice. If your appointment was canceled, we hope you’ll consider leaving your float credit on file with us and rescheduling. If you had an appointment on our calendar between now and the end of March, we’ll give you a call as soon as we have plans to come back.
Keep an eye on our facebook, twitter, or Instagram while you’re practicing your social distancing – we’ll keep posting. Thank you so much for your support! Stay healthy. 🙂
tl;dr: Buy a gift card in person at Float on Saturday, November 30th, and get a complimentary gift bag with goodies from us and other local businesses! First come first serve, while supplies last: we’ll keep giving them away until we run out.
What’s Small Business Saturday? It’s the day after Black Friday and a response to it. Small Business Saturday is a celebration of everything personal, community-focused, and local. When you buy gifts from and patronize local businesses, you’re creating jobs, keeping dollars in your community, investing in entrepreneurship, and supporting your neighborhood as a unique destination! Sometimes you can only get certain things from big companies, and that’s okay. We just like to thank you for choosing to support us and our fellows when you can. 🙂
We need a full-time Float Operator to begin immediately. If you want to join our friendly team, please check out the details and send us your resume. Don’t worry if you haven’t floated before – we’ll teach you that part!