London, UK, pub chain Urban Pubs & Bars is set to implement a thermal sensor system at its venues in preparation for their safe re-opening.

At two of its sites, the group is using Fevershields.com commercial virus protection solutions for checking temperatures of customers and staff prior to their entry into the premises.

Initially, Urban Pubs & Bars tested and installed a Fevershields.com FORESIGHT device at the entrance of its Bat & Ball venue at Westfield, Stratford.

UK-based Fevershields.com focusses solely on protecting businesses from viruses such as coronavirus.

Staff at the site got training with regards to the usage of the non-contact sensor that is capable of accurately reading a person’s temperature to within +/- 0.2°C. Their temperature will be displayed on a digital gauge on the front of the device.

The most common symptom of the Covid-19 virus is a raised temperature of more than 37.8°C, which indicates that the subject is likely to be contagious.

The tripod or wall-mounted Fevershield camera makes an audible alert and flashes red hazard lights when a temperature over 37.6°C is detected and registers the temperature on the front display.

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Bat & Ball manager Matt Fernon said: “The most important thing for us when we re-open is the safety of our customers and staff. For that reason, we have installed the latest heat sensor technology to test people’s temperature before they come into the venue.

“The Foresight device can provide a temperature reading in seconds so it is not going to slow down entry to the venue considerably and the system could not be easier to set up. You simply attach it to the tripod, turn it on and it is ready to go in seconds.”

During the lockdown, Urban Pubs & Bars that owns 20 premium venues, has strictly adhered to all government safety guidelines and closed most of its sites.

The group is planning to implement reduced capacity to maintain 2m distancing in addition to the use of thermal sensors.

Other measures that are under consideration include socially distanced tables, no standing at the bar, cash-less paying, app-based purchases of food and drink, no salt and pepper shakers and single use menus.