California resort implements UV-C disinfection protocols

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang, Calif., is the first hotel partner of biosafety company R-Zero Systems, incorporating UV-C disinfection protocols into each of the property’s 73 guestrooms, cottages and suites.
"Our highest priority at The Alisal is the health and well-being of our guests, members, employees and our community,” said Kathleen Cochran, general manager of the Alisal. “Through our partnership with R-Zero and their UV-C technology, we will be able to provide a critical layer of added infection protection and environmental safety in each of our guestrooms.” The short disinfection cycles also lets the hotel team focus on supporting guests rather than cleaning the rooms, Cochran added.

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R-Zero’s hospital-grade UV-C system (called Arc) is used in each room prior to guests’ arrival, disinfecting both surfaces and air. According to the company, Arc’s UV-C destroys 99.99 percent of known pathogens and diseases, including the coronavirus, common cold and seasonal flu, disinfecting a 1,000 square foot space in seven minutes. UV-C destroys pathogens without the use of chemicals or pesticides, and is reportedly safe to use around food, plants, furniture, and electronics. This technology has been used in hospitals for decades to kill bacteria, viruses, molds, including many human pathogens. Most recently, UV-C has been used to decontaminate the N95 masks of doctors and health-care workers.

Incorporating Arc is one of several steps that the hotel has taken to ensure guest and employee health and safety. Other efforts include expanded outdoor dining offerings, maintaining physical distancing requirements, providing hand sanitizer and wash stations throughout property, ensuring employee personal protective equipment, adhering to strict housekeeping standards and limiting capacity for all activities.