The past year has been unpredictable and has shaken us to the core as we continue navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been impacted by the virus with restaurant industry being one of the worst hit. The fear of being around other people outside of our bubble and eating out has had a drastic change on consumers’ eating habits.

How are consumer behaviors changing?

Studies have shown that the pandemic has changed consumer preferences. They now prefer:

  1. Dining in private areas and private tables in the restaurant to avoid being around other people.
  2. Restaurants which have employed safe physical distancing.
  3. Restaurants who have actively implemented safety protocols and involve low-risk.

Is it safe to dine-out?

SARS-CoV-2  can remain suspended in the air. It can linger in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, spreading farther than 6 feet from its source. As restaurants and bars are setting up to open their dine-in spaces for the customers, it’s become all the more important to adapt to the new normal.

5 top measures to make restaurants safe for customers and staff:

  • High touch areas must be frequently cleaned and sanitized
  • Physical barriers to help maintain physical distancing
  • The usage of masks and gloves by all employees
  • Single use menu or mobile menus
  • Proper indoor air filtration to decrease the concentration of aerosols/droplets that may be suspended in the air.

Can an air purifier remove SARS-CoV-2 from the air?

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention advises the circulation of outside air into the restaurant by opening windows and doors, installing better central air filters and using portable high-efficiency particulate air filters to help clean the air. HEPA filters are nearly 100% effective in capturing airborne particles of SARS-CoV-2.

The best air purifier for a restaurant is one that is equipped with both a HEPA filter and an ultraviolet germicidal lamp. The Airpura UV600 is the best defense against a wide range of airborne diseases. This air purifier has incorporated design concepts from the aseptic environment of the operating theatre into the design. The UV germicidal lamp is located within the confines of the HEPA filter. When pathogens are drawn into the air purifier, they are trapped onto the surface of the HEPA filter. An additional level of protection is then provided by the UV germicidal lamp when the pathogens are then flooded by the rays of the UV germicidal lamp which destroy their DNA, effectively killing them. 

Add Clean Air to Your Menu!

5 Napkin Burger, a popular chain of Manhattan restaurants has adapted their operations to provide a safe, enjoyable and seamless dining experience for their customers.

The chain has reduced their in-dining capacity to 25% to allow for physical distancing. They have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitization in all areas, especially “high-contact” areas. Each restaurant has also been equipped with UV600 Airpura air purifiers to purify the indoor air. By investing in cleaner air has helped instill confidence in their customers in eating out again.

Independent study that Demonstrates the Proven Performance of Airpura Air Purifiers Against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)

An independent study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University has concluded that the Airpura air purifiers effectively removes viral-sized particles such as SARS-CoV-2 from the air.

Even the circumferential air outflow design of the Airpura air purifiers make them less likely than air purifiers with vertical exhausts to disperse droplets from coughing or sneezing throughout the air. This unique air outflow process of our air purifiers reduces the potential of one infected person causing an infection cluster

Read studies here: