I think it’s fair to say that we are all utterly exhausted by the coronavirus restrictions we’ve faced this past year. It honestly feels as though it will never end. So how do we motivate ourselves to start thinking about the future? Perhaps hygiene stations are a start?
Getting organised is a great way to battle boredom – and if you run any sort of venue, it always helps to be prepared.
We all have tasks lingering on our to-do list that right now, may not seem important. We don’t know when life will get back to normal, but there’s never a better time than the present to start preparing for the future. Thinking about things now will mean you are 100% ready to go when the time comes.
Plan for safety with hygiene stations
How will you keep staff and customers safe? Could you improve on the systems that were in place previously?
There will no doubt be a huge importance placed on social distancing, even after the coronavirus outbreak is under control and vaccinations have taken place. It will be a while before we all feel comfortable getting close to one another again in public spaces, so we still need to ensure that there is enough space for staff and customers to move around each other freely.
Hand gel stations should be set up at the entrance and they should be sturdy, durable and clearly identifiable. Remember, these are now your ‘first impression’ so make it count! Bottles of waterless gel are a welcome addition too, especially for parents to use on small children. In restaurants or cafes, gel sachets are a quick and easy way to wipe hands before or after touching food. Don’t forget the soap though – a mixture of both soap and sanitising options needs to be in place, with good signage guiding people towards a washroom with a sink and soap.
Good respiratory hygiene (using and disposing of tissues) is important so encourage this by placing suitable bins for rubbish around your venue. Keep indoor spaces well-ventilated, either by opening a window or door, or by using an ozone generator like Vectair’s Prozone® to clean the air. And of course, increase the frequency of cleaning general surfaces to reduce the presence of the virus and the risk of contact.
Organise your inventory
What products will you need and where? Less is usually more, except in this case. Providing a suitable number of sanitary products in your ‘hygiene stations’ will show your staff and customers that you care. Invest in products that will last so that you’re not spending huge amounts of time constantly replacing things. Companies like Vectair Systems offer a one-stop-shop for different products which can save you time and money.
Do your products work?
It is important to check that your hand gels have the right amount of alcohol in them to kill the virus. They need at least 60% alcohol in order to kill most viruses (including coronavirus). Hand gels with less than 60% alcohol may only reduce the growth of germs rather than killing them outright.
It is also important to check that if a product needs certification, that these are genuine. Don’t be afraid to challenge a company for proof of any claims they make. Buying from a brand with experience, and one that you know and trust is important when it comes to products that have to meet specific requirements to work.
Choose your fragrance
Now comes the fun part – fragrance. Ensuring your venue smells clean and fresh means to most people that is IS clean and fresh. What fragrance will you choose for your aircare systems? Vectair provides a great opportunity to harmonise your fragrances throughout different aircare systems.
Publicise your efforts
If you’re going to all this effort to make sure your venue is safe and clean, you should 100% tell your staff and customers about it! Remember to update your website, your social media and your marketing materials. Talk them through what you’re doing and which products you are using to make their experience the best one yet.