National Restaurant Association Includes ASHRAE Guidance in Updated COVID-19 Standards

In late October, the National Restaurant Association updated its guidelines for the safe operation of restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic. A section was added specifically on aerosol transmission, mentioning the specific steps that ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force COVID-19 Guidance recommends. Those measures stress the importance of conducting routine maintenance and service checks to ensure systems designed to move or filter ambient air are working as intended. They also advise restaurants to keep the fans of their HVAC systems running continuously to keep the air moving and that establishments set their controls to prevent humidity and the warmth that can sustain pathogens. ASHRAE’s inclusion in the guidance is also highlighted on the National Restaurant Association webpage where the document can be downloaded, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The National Restaurant Association’s Updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance can be found here

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