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Turkish Baths U-turn on mixed-sex sessions but nudity ban still on

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Bosses had wanted to scrap single-sex sessions

Historic Turkish Baths in North Yorkshire look set to u-turn on plans to move to mixed-sex sessions only, after an outcry from bathers.

The 124-year-old spa and health club – which is run by Harrogate Borough Council – last year revealed proposals to switch to a timetable of mixed-sex sessions only and also introduce a nudity ban in a move it said would better reflect “equality and balance”.

But bathers have came out in strong force against the move with 92% of respondents to a newly-published survey saying they feel people would stop visiting the venue if it went ahead.

Baths manager Chris Mason has now said that given the “overwhelming” response, they are proposing a revised timetable with an even number of male and female sessions instead of the current schedule or mixed only.

He added the proposed ban on nude bathing – which is currently allowed at single-sex sessions – should still go ahead.

In a report to the borough council he said: “The proposed timetable changes are more inclusive as they will provide two weekly single-sex sessions for males and females rather than the current timetable which provides three single-sex sessions for females and one single-sex session for males.

“Making the wearing of swimwear compulsory at all single-sex sessions will also promote inclusivity, allow the council to meet its equality obligations under the Equality Act and alleviate staffing issues during single-sex sessions.”

The new proposals comes after the baths ended male-only sessions in 2011 because of “financial reasons” before they were reintroduced five years later.

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Source: YorkshireLive

Original publication 17 April, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 25th April 2021

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