UTICA, N.Y. ---Two restaurants in Utica are taking the state's health guidelines and going the extra mile. Babes at Harbor Point and Aquavino Restaurant in conjunction with Aero Med and Metal Solutions installed sophisticated UV air filers inside of the restaurants.
The ones inside of Babes were installed last week, Aquavino's are scheduled to be installed next week. The air cleaners are designed to sanitize the air, removing harmful pathogens. These UV lights are often found in gyms and hospitals.
Senior Vice President of Mohawk Valley Garden Rick Redmond tells NEWSChannel 2, the money for the lamps came from restaurant sales.
"Through normal operations, we took it upon ourselves to add the extra measures," said Redmond.
The lamps were placed on the upper walls of the restaurant. An additional feature the restaurant has no intention of hiding.
"You'll see these units up high. They're most of the time over 7 feet 6 inches from the floor. They're up in the air. You'll see some blue lights. They're cleaning the air and it's an invisible thing that it's doing," said Redmond
Redmond hopes these new lights give staff and customers peace of mind when they walk in the door.
"Things are changing their changing day by day. Whether it's masks or distancing. So we're hoping that this keeps us on the forefront as we prepare for what might come next," said Redmond.