LEXINGTON, Ky. — "If you're going out with your family, or with friends, and you just want to go out, you want to get out of the house, you're not going to come to a more safe place at this time," says Glenn Cox, General Manager of Bear and the Butcher
Cox says his staff at the restaurant are doing everything they can to ease customers' concerns about eating inside a restaurant’s dining area.
And that’s why this Lexington restaurant has invested in some new technology, to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
“We have UV lights that are literally shooting on our fans as the fans turn it pulls the air through while the air is getting pulled through the UV light, hits that air and deactivates whatever bacteria or germs or viruses may be in the air. It literally sterilizes the air as it pulls the air. I mean it's state of the art stuff. We're absolutely thrilled and I can't think of a safer place to be than this restaurant just because of that,” adds Cox
The vendor, Big A— Fans, who installed the fan three years ago and recently added the UV lighting technology, says the mixing of air from higher points and lower points in the restaurant allows for thorough reductions of germs in the air, making it cleaner. Cox says this process cleanses up to 89 percent of the germs in the air.
"Well, we could not be more excited about having these and to my knowledge, we're the first in the state of Kentucky. In fact, I really don't know anyone else in the world has got this going with the exception of maybe some third world country hospitals where they treat tuberculosis and things of that nature," explains Cox
Bear and the Butcher’s restaurant has stayed open since the beginning of the outbreak and now that new restrictions have been added to the restaurant industry that further limits capacity for in-person dining, Cox says his restaurant will not close, but instead, they will continue to update their business model so they can adjust to the new requirements, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve.
"We take your health and our health, very very seriously and that's why things may take a little longer, because we want to do everything right, to keep everyone as healthy and safe as possible,” says Cox
The new requirement for restaurants in Kentucky to start limiting inside dining room capacity takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.
Outside seating at restaurants will be able to operate at 100 percent with social distancing.
These measures will be in place for at least, the next two weeks.