SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Cold Stone Creamery in Springfield has been updated to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
The location has a new air filtration system, that helps remove germs from the air. This update was in conjunction with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s HVAC system upgrade in November.
The Cold Stone Creamery Chain is owned by White Management. The air filtration is an addition to existing mask use and social distancing requirements.
“We’re doing everything we can to protect our customers and staff. We are seeing that the use of masks, social distancing, and meticulous hygiene is keeping our businesses in business. But winter is coming, and we want our customers and staff to feel confident that our restaurants are safe.” President of White Management, Brian White said.
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All business within the Hall of Fame building are in the process of installing Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system’s onto each businesses’ HVAC system. Similar to what is used in several hospitals, these units use electrically enhanced filtration technology to capture and kill ultrafine air particles.
Air particles are measured in microns. According to Sterile-Aire, the company that helps build theses systems, a COVID-19 air particle is measured at .1 microns. The system would be able to capture and kill those particles with ultraviolet light easily since this system can capture particles as small as .007 microns.
These systems also reduce bacteria, fungi and mold transferred through the HVAC system and associated ductwork.
Basketball Hall of Fame President John Doleva said installation of these systems is currently 95 percent done and will be completed within the next two weeks.