COVID-19 Response for Restaurants
Steps to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
"Transmission of COVID-19 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems can reduce airborne exposures." -ASHRAE
COVID-19 and Indoor Air Quality
For restaurants operating during the pandemic, the safety of customers and staff must be the highest priority. While a combination of solutions is required to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in these spaces, experts warn that wearing face masks and disinfecting surfaces may not be enough. In the fight against an airborne virus, restaurants should educate themselves on the health impacts of indoor air quality.
Mounting evidence demonstrates that COVID-19 is also transmitted through indoor and can remain infectious for hours.
Many air systems simply recirculate indoor air, spreading particles throughout the building.
The epidemic task force at ASHRAE, a global expert on indoor air, has determined the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19 to be severe enough to warrant the modification of building air systems.
Three Steps to Make Your Facilities Safer
1 ) Ventilation: Increase the ventilation in your building to bring in more fresh air.
2 ) Filtration: Upgrade your filters to the highest MERV rating.
3 ) Purification: Install purification systems - UV lights or ionization devices - to destroy the viruses in recirculated air.
Recommended Measures to Mitigate Airborne Transmission
Resources for Clubs on COVID-19
CDC Guidance for Restaurants and Bars - Centers for Disease Control
COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants - National Restaurant Association
Bar Industry Guidance - AIHA
Info on COVID-19 and Indoor Air Quality
EPA Guidance on Indoor Air and COVID-19 - Environmental Protection Agency
COVID-19 Response Resources - ASHRAE
COVID-19 and Indoor Air Quality Q&A - WHO
A Word From The AIR Co:
At The AIR Company of Georgia, we feel it is our moral and professional responsibility to provide comprehensive education and resources to restaurants in our community. In a pandemic, the safety of a building's indoor air and its occupants are inextricably linked: one cannot be safe without the other. We hope that clubs will consult expert guidance in this time to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
The AIR Co is happy to provide consultations or answer any questions you may have to ensure your systems meet recommended standards. - Chris Marek, Owner of The AIR Company of Georgia.
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