Fresh Air for our Fresh Start

Premier Dominic Perrottet and Treasurer Matt Kearn

By Angira Bharadwaj

Small bars and restaurants across NSW that don’t have access to outdoors spaces are investing thousands into new ventilation technology to keep their venues and customers safe.

Led by the Spirit and Cocktail Association and Independent Bars Association, hospitality owners are buying air purifiers that use technology originally pioneered by NASA for their space shuttles.

The ventilators, which cost $5,000 to $8,000, create ions which are released into the room to react with the aerosols and clean the air.

Early adopters of the technology include Stitch Bar in Sydney CBD, the Fortune of War in The Rocks, and Newtown’s Earl Juke Joint and The Bearded Tit in Redfern

Independent Bars Association boss Karl Schlothauser called on the government to support smaller venues to get the technology as the state powers through its post lockdown recovery. :Smaller venues don’t have the footprint for alfresco dining.” he said.

It comes as NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet promised constituents a ‘bright summer” with a further $66 million invested in restarting alfresco dining across the state.