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2020-10-29

Akropolis in Vilnius, Klaipėda and Šiauliai to install additional equipment for disinfecting of the most-touched surfaces

Akropolis shopping and entertainment centers in Vilnius, Klaipėda and Šiauliai will install additional equipment in order to increase the security of visitors and staff. The handrails of escalators and travellators have begun to be automatically disinfected using special equipment that employs ultraviolet (UV) rays. In November the equipment that automatically disinfects the air in the elevators of the shopping centers will be installed.

Dominykas Mertinas, Head of the Communication Department of Akropolis Group, says that the additional disinfection equipment will strengthen even more the stringent measures that have been applied so to ensure cleanliness and hygiene. The Group is investing €100,000 in the professional equipment, made by the German manufacturer Schindler, which employs ultraviolet (UV) rays for disinfection.

He continues: “Our highest priority at the moment is to ensure that Akropolis customers have a safe shopping experience. Up until now we used to disinfect the most frequently touched surfaces regularly by hand, but we are convinced that now, during a pandemic, no amount of measures to ensure safety would be excessive. Therefore, we have automated disinfection of the most frequently touched surfaces – the handrails of escalators and travellators.”

The next step will be to automate the disinfection of air in the shopping centers elevators. Special equipment will be installed in November that automatically disinfects air using UV rays.

Automatic sensor-controlled disinfectant dispensers are installed at each of the entrances to the Akropolis, as well as at information centers and sanitary facilities. Only people with protective face masks are admitted to the shopping centers, and they are actively encouraged to use disinfectant and to keep a safe distance from each other.

According to D. Mertinas, an absolute majority of clients are following safety requirements and recommendations. It is noticeable that shoppers are planning their trips in advance, and they are buying more on each trip. This is shown by the fact that a 10% growth in the size of the average ‘shopper’s basket’. They are making an effort to attend to all their shopping and service requirements on the same trip.

D. Mertinas added: “Under current regulations, there should be not less than 10 m2 per person in a shopping center. At the moment, the average flow of visitors in Akropolis shopping centers is less than last year, so it is unlikely that the requirements would fail to be complied with in the near future. Nevertheless, we continue to monitor how many shoppers there are in a shopping center at any given time. Currently there is no need to limit the flow, but if such a need arises – we will be ready to do it.”

Due to the  Coronavirus pandemic, the cleaning of the public areas and the most frequently touched surfaces is done regularly, the ventilation systems are working at full capacity, and the air filters are being changed regullary in Akropolis shopping centers. All employees working at Akropolis are observing strict hand hygiene, monitoring their health and wearing face masks that cover their nose and mouth.

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