Ensuring effective hand sanitising at amusement parks

As amusement, theme and water parks prepare to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety considerations have never been more critical. While the importance of preventative measures such as hand sanitising are generally well-understood, one of the key challenges for amusement parks is making it easy for employees and the public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many parks are now installing hand sanitiser stations as part of their COVID-19 response.

A traditional format for dispensing hand sanitiser in public places is through a freestanding, countertop or wall-mounted station placed in high-traffic areas such as the store entrance and counters. However, it is common for amusement parks to run out of sanitiser quickly when utilising a small dispenser container. The risk with empty stations is that employees and the public will miss opportunities to sanitise their hands, increasing the opportunity to spread the virus through contact with others. As high-density, crowded environments are most susceptible to the disease spreading, amusement parks require a solution that is more tailored to their needs.

To reduce the need of employees and customers touching the station with their hands, products like the hand’s free sanitising station dispense product using a plastic pump operated by a foot pedal. This also eliminates the need for replacing batteries or using electricity, which saves parks time and money. Moreover, the freestanding station can be bolted to the floor and is strong enough for daily high-volume use. The station’s durable antimicrobial powder coated steel further reduces the risk of a virus spreading.

The challenge of encouraging the public to use the hand sanitising station still remains, however. Creative Serving, for example, addresses the issue by providing foot pedal operated hand sanitising stations branded to fit in with an amusement park’s identity. Custom graphics such as the park name or logo can be added.

More than just fitting in with the store aesthetically, integrating the brand identity can reinforce that hand sanitising is a company policy and become another way to show community pride by keeping the facilities as healthy as possible.

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