For instance, as part of the Frasers Cares programme, Frasers Hospitality uses a sustainable, chemical-free and child-friendly cleaning agent to remove up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses without resorting to traditional toxic chemicals. All guest rooms across the brand’s properties are disinfected before check-in and after check-out; high-touch and high-traffic areas are cleaned regularly; and public spaces are equipped with hand-sanitising stations.
Many retail complexes also deploy UV-disinfecting robots, which emit powerful UV-C rays that eradicate viruses. This complements other efforts, including the application of an antimicrobial coating to high-touch surfaces such as lift buttons and door handles.
Airports and airlines are not taking chances
Special mention needs to be made for airports and airlines, which had to rapidly implement new protocols to make travellers feel safe about flying during a global pandemic.
How did they do this? For starters, by summoning the robots. Singapore Changi Airport deploys autonomous robots fitted out with HEPA filters and disinfecting misting machines, while London’s Heathrow Airport draws on robots that emit UV-C rays to stop viruses in their tracks. And at Hong Kong International Airport, robots with the ability to sterilise bacteria in the surrounding air and on object surfaces are used round-the-clock.
This boosts other widespread hygiene measures adopted by airports, including enhanced cleaning protocols, contactless check-in kiosks and security trays coated with a long-lasting antimicrobial treatment.
Airlines are also doing their part to ensure a safer on-board environment, even as many look to do away with face masks. Frequently cleaning aircraft with high-powered disinfecting agents, sterilising cutlery and installing advanced HEPA air filters in the cabins are now standard practices throughout the industry. The likes of Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas also furnish passengers with hygiene kits that include antibacterial wipes.
These moves seem to be working. According to a survey by TripIt, optimism surrounding air travel is at a pandemic-era high. Of the respondents, 73% felt comfortable getting on a flight, compared to attending a wedding (59%) or going to a concert or sporting event (47%).
Keeping safe at tourist hotspots