For restaurants to emerge, it is necessary to regain consumer confidence. The vaccination process is slower than expected and herd immunity is still a pipe dream. 2021 is, again, a year in which the restorer will have to live with him SARS-2.
In any case, it is always better if possible contacts with the virus take place outside the establishment. Hoteliers around the world, Americans especially have started investing in hospital technology to make their restaurants as safe as possible. Thanks to devices such as needle tip bipolar ionizers, ULPA filters and other systems, public health is guaranteed.
The following sections deal with five common equipment in the food industry and hospital complexes that are beginning to appear in the hospitality sector, more and more frequently.
1.- Ultraviolet disinfection devices
It has recently been shown that just 30 seconds of irradiation under a UV-C light bulb is enough to kill the virions that cause COVID-19.
So that, it is not surprising that some restaurants are already installing equipment equipped with this technology.
Nevertheless, the implementation is not as simple as putting a special light bulb in the room and ignoring the matter. The rayos UV-C they are also harmful to humans, so that customers cannot be exposed to this type of lighting.
The complexity of the installation lies in the fact that UV-based disinfection devices cannot be in sight. In their place are placed inside vents of the HVAC system.
Many restaurants have already improved their ventilation system with these elements. They have also acquired portable instruments thanks to which the employees, always properly protected, can manually sanitize shared contact surfaces in classrooms, bars and toilets.
2.- Surveillance scanner for hand washing
With the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020 we had to learn to improve our hand hygiene: plenty of soap, rub both faces, interlock your fingers and extend the wash for more than a minute.
We also adopt gels with higher efficiency, as based on hydroalcoholic solutions, capable of inactivating the new coronavirus.
In restoration, cross contamination, foodborne illnesses and poisonings are treated very seriously. They are cause of brand damage and possible litigation. Although the protocols in force tend to err on the side of caution, there is always the possibility of human error during work.
To minimize risks, especially unaffordable during the coronavirus crisis, some restaurants are installing pathogen scanners. This teams spectroscopy-based detect bacteria such as Salmonella, viruses and other contaminants of a biological nature.
Staff put their hands under the scanner after washing their hands, wait for the procedure to complete, and if the red warning light does not go off they get to work on the stove.
3.- Tabletop HEPA Filters
It often happens that the diner does not perceive the measures that the hotelier takes in his place to guarantee the well-being of the visitors. In the two previous cases, the teams are hidden behind the scenes.
Since the objective is not only to guarantee the health security of the establishment, if not claim the space as insurance for the consumer, visible equipment whose operation is easy to understand or obvious will have a greater effect on guest behavior.
You can place a portable HEPA filter on each table, since the small devices do not clash with the general aesthetics of the establishments and use affordable hospital technology capable of retaining particles and pathogens as small as microns without difficulty. Restaurant diners looking at these devices feel much calmer.
4.- Disinfectant nebulizers
We all have recorded images of the UME spraying the streets, pavilions and residences with personal nebulizers or trucks. The alcohol, hydrogen peroxide (peroxide) and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can be used by these devices.
Now some restaurants are using "disinfectors" based on this technology to ensure that their premises are not the source of a new source of contagion.
Cleaning staff use handheld foggers to spray a gentle mist on all surfaces likely to be touched by visitors (pomos, chairs, tables, etc).
5.- Self-contained body temperature scanner
Various temperature scanners and thermometers have been a controversial tool in the fight against coronavirus. Its incorrect use allows the coronavirus to roam freely. Few businesses have adopted it in Spain, and it seems that only in schools and institutes it is being used with some rigor.
in EE. THE. the situation is different. In many states, restaurants are required to take diners' temperatures, and in case they have a low-grade fever they must leave the establishment.
Attributing this responsibility to reception staff is suboptimal, so some locals have installed a display with built-in body temperature scanner and camera.
Those who arrive at the restaurant only have to frame their face on the screen, and the device is responsible for giving approval to your visit or warning that a possible contagion by SARS-CoV-2.
All these devices, formerly linked to the medical and hospital field, will gradually become more frequent. Definitely 2021 you will witness a tremendous adoption of all of them by hoteliers.