A new YouGov survey has suggested that over half of Brits would like to see additional sanitisation measures in place to give them the confidence to return to shopping centres, sports stadiums and the country’s pubs, bars and restaurants.
The new study – which was commissioned by the company behind the UK’s first sanitisation tunnel, the Gateway Personal Protection Tunnel (PPT) – found that 81% of people surveyed would feel comfortable walking through a sanitisation tunnel to help control the spread of Covid-19, while 60% said it would make them feel safe or give them the confidence to return to crowded environments.
Over half of those surveyed would like to see a sanitisation tunnel at their local shopping centre or pub (52%), 70% of people want to see them at airports, 61% would like them at cinemas and 60% would be happy to walk through a tunnel to watch their favourite sports team.
The Gateway is currently being used at London live music venue, The Piano Works, and has now been installed at West Ham’s Chadwell Health training ground where the under 23s side trains alongside the women’s team. The company said it is also in talks with major English football clubs to install them at stadiums, and with a major global hotel brand.
The Gateway Personal Protection Tunnel (PPT) is the UK’s first full body sanitisation tunnel and was designed and built by UK based mechanical engineering company, Conditioned Environment. The tunnel, which resembles an airport scanner, works by spraying a person for up to 5 seconds as they walk through it with a dry, odourless sanitiser, which is claimed to disable viruses like Covid-19.
Christian Pearce, commercial director of Gateway PPT said: “We know that there is real hesitancy among the British public to return to some of our favourite pastimes because of concerns about safety. We have developed the Gateway PPT to provide an additional line of defence to help slow the spread of Covid-19, to help businesses re-open their doors, and to drive up consumer confidence to return to normality and to start spending again.
“The data speaks for itself: the majority of people would be happy to walk through a sanitisation tunnel and it would make us all feel safer and more confident about returning to some sort of normality.”