A pub in Japan disinfects visitors at the entrance, but WHO warns against such measures

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A pub in Japan started spraying visitors with disinfectant at the entrance to the establishment to help stop the spread of coronavirus

Kichiri Shinjuku, a traditional Japanese pub known as Izakaia, began to cover visitors with a disinfectant cloud at the entrance. When visitors decide to have a drink, they enter a pub in Tokyo and are greeted on the big screen by an employee who asks them to wash their hands. They then need to take a temperature reading with a thermometer before going further through a scanner-like device that sprays them with disinfectant for 30 seconds, reports CNN.

After processing, visitors receive a map showing where they can sit in the institution. They will also be able to use the QR code on their phones to view the menu and make an order. Reasonable, isn’t it? Kichiri Shinjuku representative Rieko Matsunaga told CNN: “We want visitors to feel safe when they go inside. It helps to keep social distance and prevent infections”. Inside, visitors sit at a distance from each other and plastic screens guarantee social distance.

Kichiro & Co, which owns the pub, operates a total of 103 establishments across the country, but so far only one point has seen the original device. The company hopes that soon the system will appear in other pubs as well. Matsunaga added in an interview with CNN: “We’ve installed it to follow the recommendations for a new lifestyle.

We would like to spread the technology and cooperate with other restaurants. Before you start to get a little jealous of the visitors to this pub in Japan, it is worth recalling the World Health Organization’s recommendation that people should not be sprayed with disinfectants that the organization claims can cause more harm than good.

The WHO explained this month: “Spraying antibacterial agents can lead to eye risks, respiratory or skin irritation and the resulting health problems. Spraying chemicals such as formaldehyde, chlorine-based products or quaternary ammonium compounds is not recommended because of the negative effects on the health of workers in plants where these methods have been used”.

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