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HEPA filtration to combat COVID-19 in the hotel and restaurant industry

Repeated lockdowns, curfews, booking cancellations, reduced capacity, and costly protocols are the strict restrictions governments are enforcing again. The hotel and restaurant industry (HORECA) are drastically suffering from this health crisis, and they will continue to suffer if this virus continues to spread through the air freely.

HORECA and new COVID-19 restrictions

To deal with COVID-19, all sort of restrictions are being enforced by the government. For example food and drink will only be permitted sitting down rather than stood up in bars. In Belgium, restaurant owners must measure CO2 levels, and they are obliged to ensure “good ventilation.” If the restaurant does not meet the ventilation standards, they receive a fine from the government.

Are all these restrictions effective with the number of infections on the rise? Does the introduction of new restrictions threaten the hotel and restaurant sector in Belgium?

It has been proven that COVID-19 infections are more likely to happen in closed spaces due to the lack of pure and sterile ventilation; therefore, adequate ventilation is crucial in places such as restaurants, bars, hotel rooms etc.

The importance of air quality in closed spaces

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to ensure ventilation where the CO2 level is below 800ppm: rooms with a higher risk of viral load, lousy weather, outside noise, night-time disturbance, increased energy costs, etc. are realities professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry must face.

Although indoor air quality has been an issue of concern to public authorities for several years now, it is in response to the current health crisis and the problems mentioned above that the introduction of air purification units in establishments is necessary. But with so many devices on the market, how can you be sure you choose the best air purification technology?

Fortunately, recent scientific studies have been able to answer this question. Studies have shown that air disinfection systems that are based on ozone ( known as “active oxygen” or “O3”) and have UV radiation are harmful to the health of users, especially the most fragile groups such as children, the elderly, among other groups. Scientists have proven that High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA) are the best solution, and HEPA filters can filter 99.97% of the air. 

HEPA filters as the new solution

In this article, you will find more information on HEPA filters: What does HEPA stand for?

HEPA filters are already being used in hospitals and installed in more than 500 public schools in Germany. After multiple tests, The Fédération Horeca Bruxelles officially recommended that all establishments acquire air purifiers equipped with a HEPA filters to reduce the risk of  COVID-19 transmission.

At AIR8, we fight daily to provide access to better indoor air quality. Our portable cutting-edge technology combine 4 to 6 filtration stages. Each one is equipped with a HEPA 13 filter and is certified by the German TÜV laboratory. AIR8 cutting-edge air purifiers are offered at a reasonable price because breathing clean air should not be a luxury, we have made to be the most affordable per CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) on the market.

AIR8 is in the journey of providing safe air to indoor spaces, Safe Air Spaces . Our mission is to encourage companies and organisations to improve the quality of indoor air we breathe. With AIR8, you can provide a safe atmosphere to your clients, employees, and business.

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