Further enhancing its COVID-19 safeguards, Rocco Steakhouse at 72 Madison Ave. in Manhattan has installed upper room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI or UV) units by Aerapy, a manufacturer of researched, tested and study-backed UV equipment. While continuously cleaning the air, the sleek, modern upper room UVGI units blend with the décor of the American steakhouse. Mounted in strategic areas including the main dining room, bar area, private party room, bathrooms, kitchens, and manager’s office, the air sanitizing UV units are designed to help further protect the health of customers and employees.
Aerapy UV disinfection technology harnesses the power of UV-C to kill viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens. When tested against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, Aerapy UV achieved a greater than 99.9% reduction.
“Rocco Steakhouse goes above and beyond with our food, wine, and service and our customers expect no less from us when it comes to their health which is why we chose Aerapy UV to further enhance our cleaning protocols,” said Pete Pjetrovic, Rocco Steakhouse owner and general manager. “Aerapy UV is designed to not only help take out the coronavirus but to improve overall indoor air quality for our customers and staff for the long term.”
While air naturally moves to the upper room via convection currents, Aerapy upper air UV units feature an integrated fan to draw in air for faster pathogen reduction. As the air circulates, each round trip from lower room to upper room and into the unit’s disinfecting UV-C light continues to reduce pathogen load. The Aerapy units installed at Rocco Steakhouse include the UV company’s Zone360X unit, which features an option of three fan speeds and a remote control. As occupancy of the restaurant increases, fan speed can be increased for faster air disinfection.
“Aerosols are now widely recognized as a key transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 which is why keeping air sanitized is critical particularly as restaurants open back up for indoor dining,” said Annette Uda, founder and president of Aerapy.