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Akropolis Group is investing in to additional security equipment, witch uses UV rays
Akropolis Group, the company which manages the Akropolis shopping and entertainment centers in Vilnius, Klaipėda and Šiauliai, is investing in virus prevention measures in order to increase the safety of visitors and employees. As coronavirus COVID-19 continues to circulate in society, the company is allocating €100,000 for equipment that will disinfect surfaces with ultraviolet (UV) rays, and additional cleaning solutions.
“The safety of visitors and staff has always been our priority, but with the onset of the pandemic, security has taken on a new meaning. We have consulted with experts on what we could do to minimise the spread of the virus through preventive measures and to maximise hygiene indoors. We have selected and will implement innovative solutions that are currently very relevant”, says Dominykas Mertinas, Head of the Communication Department of Akropolis Group.
The main investments are for additional technical equipment that will automatically disinfect with UV rays the handrails of escalators and travellators, as well as the air in elevators. The high-quality equipment of the German manufacturer Schindler will be installed in Akropolis in the upcoming months.
“Tens of thousands of people visit Akropolis shopping centers every day. It is gratifying that our visitors are truly conscious and behave responsibly. Since the beginning of the pandemic, most of them have followed all the recommendations and requirements. For our part, we will pay even more attention to spaces and surfaces that are used intensively, and we will fully automate their disinfection processes. The handrails of escalators and travellators will be disinfected with UV rays, and special air cleaning systems with UV rays will be installed in elevators. Autumn is the time when the indoor season begins – we will be ready to meet it”, notes D. Mertinas.
At each entrance to the shopping centers, in the alleys and office areas, sensory dispensers for the disinfecting liquid will operate. Additional disinfectant stations will be installed near information centers and elsewhere.
The Akropolis Group will be able to implement other automated solutions if necessary. “We are constantly analysing the market and consulting with specialists, so we are ready to react quickly to the changing situation and, if necessary, to take additional measures to ensure the safety of visitors”, says a representative of Akropolis Group.
In addition to these measures, the common areas and most frequently touched surfaces in Akropolis shopping centers are cleaned regularly using disinfectants, the ventilation systems operate at full capacity, air filters are changed periodically. Akropolis shopping centers admit only visitors wearing protective face masks, and they are reminded to keep a safe distance and to disinfect their hands. Security staff keep a watchful eye to ensure that that the rules are being followed.
All people working at Akropolis also observe strict hand hygiene, monitor their health and wear protective face masks covering the nose and mouth. “Both employees and visitors are constantly reminded that if they experience any cold-like or flu-like symptoms, they should not visit shopping and entertainment centers, nor public places in general. In this case, we really should just stay at home, for our own safety and that of others”, says D. Mertinas.
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