Our Canadian winters bring such beauty and holiday fun, but this year it will also pose a whole new set of challenges due to COVID-19.
With winter setting in and the virus showing no signs of slowing down, businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about remaining open and remaining profitable but more importantly, providing their customers and employees with a safe environment.
Accomplishing actual business safety for a timid public within our industry’s current financial framework while simultaneously managing new sanitation processes is the new challenge for operators. To be able to provide a safe environment with the proposition of remaining profitable amid reduced volumes is the equation most operators and decision makers are still trying to solve. We’ve witnessed many culinary institutions say goodbye while the majority of the industry continues to teeter on the brink of disaster.
The industry needs help and guidance that just doesn’t seem to be coming from provincial and federal health officials. In an environment where consumers must remove their masks, we must shift the conversation from just cleaning surfaces, to include cleaning air through medical grade air filtration. The need for routine sanitation of surfaces and touch points is rooted in removing airborne particulate that lands on common surfaces. Let’s tackle the root of the problem by filtering the air we breathe and in turn, minimize the risk of inhaled aerosols and touching contaminated surfaces.
All businesses have a duty to create the cleanest, safest environments for staff and customers. That now starts with clean air. Food service establishments are viewed as high-risk locations when it comes to communicating harmful air-borne pathogens, and it makes sense. In a food service space the mask has to come off, in turn, increasing risk. It’s never been more important to provide the public with a clean air solution that builds consumer confidence and mitigates the risk of transmission.
Here’s the best advice I can provide my colleagues out there, do your homework! There are tons of options available in Canada when it comes to air filtration, but I implore you to do your own research and ask the right questions. What level of HEPA filter is it? Does it contain UVC? If so, does it provide the necessary exposure time? How many cubic feet will it effectively filter per hour at each speed? How many air exchanges per hour? Most importantly, does the product have third party auditing with supporting data? Do your due diligence! You owe it to yourself.