Officials at Pearl River Resort and Bok Homa Casino are taking major steps in preparation for reopening after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resort plans include strict sanitation and safety protocols, required facemasks for associates, installation of plexiglass barriers, additional hand sanitizer stations added throughout the property, many slot machines turned off and chairs removed to ensure social distancing, table games to allow a limited number of players, maximum of four guests per elevator and restaurants will have distanced seating and limited occupancy.
The Resort has also taken additional measures to protect guests:
- Trane UV Light Air Cleaning System– UV lighting technology system will be installed to filter and clean the air as it circulates throughout the casinos.
- Hold Safe Handrail UV Disinfection Units–Advanced UV technology will be utilized on the handrails of the escalators and sky-bridge walkways to continuously disinfect as they rotate.
- Chip Cleaning Machines – Chip cleaning machines will be used to clean and disinfect gaming chips at all table games.
- Electrostatic Spray Technology– During designated times, sections of the gaming floor will be closed to allow for cleaning. The electrostatic spraying technology uses an electrical charge to dispense the appropriate sanitizers and disinfectants in a spray mist to wrap around and evenly coat surfaces for a more complete clean.
“During the closure, IPIC Theater’s priority has been to develop a way to offer our unique cinematic and dining experience where our guests can entrust that we have done everything possible to ensure their wellness,” said Paul Safran, IPIC Theater’s CEO and Legal Counsel in a statement. “We have developed new standards to limit interactions between guests and team members, while still delivering the same premium experience that our guests expect. In addition, we’ve acquired new technologies to help maintain the health of everyone in our cinemas and restaurants.”
These new safety guidelines include implementation of the Centurion T165K EBT Thermal Scanner and Evaclean Electrostatic Sprayer.
American Queen Steamboat Company has announced it is partnering with Ochsner Health by implementing Ochsner’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions to help improve and maintain a healthy and safe return of guests and crew to its fleet.
Staterooms: Cabin staff will clean and sanitize all surfaces of the stateroom and utilize an EPA-approved disinfectant spray, as well as the cutting-edge Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer equipment to fog staterooms daily.
For those venturing out for a holiday, some elements of an overnight stay will seem the same – but other aspects will be noticeable, says Kirsten Leigh Pratt of boutique hotel Silver Lake Pool & Inn.
Overall, technology has played a big role in the new rollout. Touch tablets in rooms take the place of all necessary room information and transactions, such as ordering mini-bar beverages and snacks.
Housekeepers use the Protexus electrostatic spraying system that uses an EPA-approved product effective against COVID-19 in 1 minute; the process also makes sanitizing quicker for staff. Guests can ask for additional treatments during their stay as daily housekeeping is by request only.
While major airlines are still exploring the prospect of using antimicrobial coatings inside their jets, almost all are using surface disinfectants dispersed by electrostatic sprayers to kill germs on the spot.
“We have eight minutes to do the whole plane,” said Jeremiah Gray, the chief operating officer of EvaClean, whose product is used by Delta Airlines on the planes and at the gates and inside terminals. “It is a testament to the efficiency of our product and the ability to disinfect rapidly.”
The disinfectant is dispersed in a mist via industrial sprayers that release “charged droplets,” which can magnetically attach themselves to surfaces, allowing for more efficient and even coverage, Gray said.
In April, Delta released video of cleaners using electrostatic sprayers to disinfect its planes in an effort to assure customers the product offers a “quick drying process” that makes it “immediately safe to breathe on board.”
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center plans to reopen at noon Monday, with new safety procedures due to the coronavirus.
On its Facebook page, Speaking Rock management posted how workers have been readying the facility since its temporary closure in March.
"Speaking Rock has been diligently cleaning, disinfecting, and preparing our facility as we wait patiently for the right time to open back up," a post said.
The facility now uses an electrostatic sprayer that atomizes an eco-friendly disinfectant that distributes evenly and covers a large surface area. Sanitizer stations also have been added in several areas for guests.
Disinfecting Airlines with Electrostatic Sprayers
With the market’s main electrostatic sprayer created by EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives being tested and proven to be not only an effective disinfectant but also effective at coating areas for further effective cleaning, the product, called EvaClean, has been picked up by Southwest, United, and Delta to take proper steps towards halting the spread of the virus in travel. This new spray acts as a primer for all surfaces that can be the first line of defense before conventional cleaning follows up. This method has been designed to be a baseline defense for all cleaning, but also provides cleaning access to areas that conventional cleaning methods simply cannot reach. As a special note, this procedure is 100% EPA-registered and approved to be highly effective against many communicable diseases, including the infamous COVID-19 and other coronaviruses.
Keeping Our Spaces Clean
Last month, Hawaiian began using electrostatic spraying to comprehensively and evenly clean aircraft cabins with hospital-grade disinfectants, registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, that coat even hidden and hard-to-reach surfaces.
Hawaiian is applying electrostatic treatment, which dries in five minutes, nightly on the Boeing 717 aircraft it operates on flights between the islands, and prior to each departure from Hawai‘i on Airbus A330s that serve transpacific routes. The airline’s A321neo fleet is currently not in service due to a reduced flying schedule.
Here are a few of those products worth talking about:
- Thermal imaging glasses: The company behind them, Chinese startup Rokid, claims they can detect body temperature from a distance. A product like this could help airport workers, for example, so they can spot someone with a fever and then broadcast the feed directly to doctors for advice.
- Disinfectant spray guns:We’re also seeing companies design and market disinfectant spray guns. Unlike common household sprays, these guns from companies like EvaClean use charged particles to fully cover all surfaces. They’re mostly out of stock because demand is so high right now, so expect to see them in offices, schools, and gyms soon.
- CleanKey:This one is great for people with a newfound fear of touching things in public. The CleanKey by SmartKey is marketed as a keychain tool that allows you to open doors, push buttons and use touchscreens without using your hands. The CleanKey is also made with copper alloy, which helps ward off germs on the tool itself.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, shopping centers like Azalea in South Gate have added electrostatic spraying to their cleaning list to protect their tenants and customers while essential businesses remain open.