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Menomonee Falls, Wis., (July 7, 2020) – The global pandemic of Covid-19 is fast tracking infection control technologies and products in public restrooms.

“While cleanliness has always been a goal in designing restrooms, coronavirus has underscored the need for hygienic, sterile and safe environments,” said Jon Dommisse, director of strategy and corporate development, Bradley Corp., a global manufacturer of restroom equipment.

Companies, educational institutions and municipalities are all now evaluating new procedures and products for their restroom facilities.

“Businesses are looking at short-term and long-term fixes for operating safely,” said Michelle Kempen WRID, WELL AP, ASID, with Kahler Slater, a Milwaukee-based architectural firm. “The goal is to create safe and healthy indoor environments that reduce the spread of airborne and surface contaminants.”

Kempen and Dommisse identify the following design strategies to help guard against coronavirus and other germ transmission in public restrooms:

start="1" /> <li><strong>No-touch fixtures</strong></li> </ol> <p>“Today’s touchless hand washing models incorporate advanced sensing technology for continuous and reliable washing,” Kempen said. “Voice command and IoT are other up-and-coming hands-free technologies for restrooms. Automatic door openers typically seen to support accessible design are now also being implemented in locations to prevent hand-surface contact.”</p> <p>In fact, as schools look to re-open, guidelines like the ones issued by the <a href="">Wisconsi" Departme"t of Public Instruction</a> recommend the installation of all touch-free fixtures for infection control.</p> <p>Dommisse added that the <a href="">Healthy "and Washing Survey by Bradley Corp.</a> shows that 91% of Americans believe it’s important that public restrooms are equipped with touchless fixtures<strong>. </strong>“Touchless restrooms are here to stay,” he said.</p> <ol start="2"> l><str"ng>Improved ventilation</strong></li> </ol> <p>“We are seeing clients consider using more robust HVAC systems throughout their facilities but especially in shared spaces such as in restrooms,” Kempen explained. “Ventilating with outdoor air is vital to diluting airborne contaminants.”</p> <p>According to <a href="">Center" for Di"ease Control (CDC)</a>, the coronavirus appears to spread indoors through close personal contact and via poor circulation of building ventilation systems. The <a href="">Americ"n Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)</a> advises that ventilation and filtration provided by heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems can reduce the airborne concentration of SARS-CoV-2 and thus the risk of transmission through air.</p> <ol start="3" /> ><strong>"odified layouts</strong></li> </ol> <p>Even before Covid-19, European restroom models with gender-neutral layouts were gaining popularity. “A parallel can be drawn between the benefits of a restroom planned to be gender-neutral and planned to address Covid-19 concerns. The European model of stalls forming a perimeter around communal washing stations with open circulation may be a layout we see more of in the U.S.,” Kempen predicted. “This design can help facilitate one-way traffic and minimize cross-traffic.”</p> <p>Design elements like eliminating doors, adding S-curved and automated doors and widening doorways are also gaining traction.</p> <ol start="4" /> sr"ng>Antimicrobial finishes and materials</strong></li> </ol> <p>Some high-touch restroom surfaces like grab bars are available with antimicrobial coatings. “Before Covid-19, the design community was seeing a lot of antimicrobial layers and coatings on products. We are now seeing a rise from facility managers and building owners requesting this option as an enhanced safety precaution for their customers,” Kempen said. “Clients are also considering products that are inherently antimicrobial such as copper.”</p> <ol start="6" /> l&"t;<strong>Sink materials and designs</strong></li> </ol> <p>“For sinks, using smooth and nonporous materials with seamless construction like solid surface and natural quartz helps prevent bacteria, mold and delamination accumulation,” Dommisse said. “For multi-user restrooms, new washbasin designs with increased space between the hand washing areas allow for social distancing while washing hands.”</p> <p>While there are a number of infection control measures on the horizon for restrooms, in the short-term it’s still important to keep six feet of distance between people, wash hands with soap and water, dry hands completely, wear masks and limit crowding in restroom areas, he noted.</p> <p><a href="">Bradley "orp</a>. is a leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers.</p>"
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July 6, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is delighted to announce it will receive partial proceeds from sales of an exciting new refreshment beverage called Lulu Spritz. From July 5th to August 1st 2020, Station 22 in collaboration with Univins and Spirits will donate $1 from the sale of every four pack of Lulu Spritz to the BCHF to a maximum of $5000. During this period Lulu Spritz 4-packs will be $1.50 off, making it easy and affordable to support our local hospitality sector while stocking up for patio season. 

Lulu Spritz is the perfect summer aperitif, as it’s a blend of premium Italian Pinot Grigio Frizzante, tonic water, and natural flavours from Sicilian orange bitters. The BCHF’s Executive Director, Dana Harris, welcomes the initiative from Canadian import agent Univins and Spirits: “We’re so grateful for the support we’re receiving from Station 22 and from others in the local hospitality industry. We’ve had to cancel all our in-person fundraisers for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while initiatives like the Lulu Spritz program won’t make up for the lost revenue, they help a lot, and they give us confidence that there are better days ahead.” Caroline Carefoot of Univins and Spirits notes, “we’re delighted to include the BCHF as part of our launch strategy for Lulu Spritz. The hospitality business has been impacted disproportionately by pandemic-related closures, and we want to do our part to support our industry partners.

Look for 4-packs of Lulu Spritz at BCLDB Liquor stores, as well as private liquor retail outlets across BC.

Funds raised by the Lulu Spritz donation program will help the BCHF continue to provide last-resort assistance for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to a serious health condition. The charity also offers a scholarship program that fosters the next generation of hospitality industry leaders. $1000 of the $5000 will be allocated to a scholarship that will be announced in the fall of 2020.

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COLLINGWOOD, ON, July 2, 2020 /CNW/ - In March, the results of the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) were announced, with Heretic Spirits Gin #1 being awarded a gold medal. As a gold medal winner, Gin #1 was the top-ranked gin of all Ontario entries in the category.

"By definition, a heretic is someone who thinks differently. Heretic Spirits was created with that philosophy at the core of all that we do," says Scott Morrison, Heretic Spirits CEO and Distiller. "Our entire team is incredibly honoured to have our flagship product recognized at a global competition of this scale. We're proud that our hard work has created something truly special."

Heretic Spirits Gin #1 is distilled using a 14-botanical blend sourced from around the world. It's complex, citrus lead and aromatic core give way to a spicy, prolonged finish.

The SFWSC is the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world. It was founded in 2000 as a way to recognize exceptional products in the spirits industry. The 2020 competition was the biggest in its history, featuring almost 3,000 entries from across the globe.

Heretic Spirits is South Georgian Bay's first craft distillery. With a focus on innovation, the Heretic Spirits team has created a world-class tasting experience for consumers of their award-winning gin and vodka. Heretic Spirits Gin #1 and Vodka #1 are available in select LCBO stores and online at Visit Heretic Spirits to learn more.

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TORONTO, June 29, 2020 – Diageo Canada, a leader in beverage alcohol with a portfolio that includes Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Ciroc, Smirnoff, Guinness and more, today announced its commitment of $100K to support the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, a charity dedicated to addressing economic and social barriers affecting Black youth.


Focused on youth workforce development, education and advocacy to influence systems and policy, CEE is committed to creating a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and high quality of life for themselves and their families to contribute to the advancement of Canada.


“At CEE, we stand against racism in all its forms and practices. Our advocacy and program activities strive to mitigate the consequences and impact of structural racism,” said Agapi Gessesse, Executive Director, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. “We stand in solidarity with all others working to build a more equitable society and economy for all.”


Recognizing the need for immediate action, Diageo’s commitment will help support CEE in continuing to cultivate a talent pool of young Black professionals that can benefit the Canadian labour market, with specific focus on its Hospitality development initiative (CEE’s Kitchen Masters Program). CEE trains youth to gain employment in five (5) labour markets, Information Technology, Trades, Film, Social Services & Hospitality. These efforts include programs to improve their careers, education and empowerment that are holistic, culturally relevant and focused on individuals. Inspired by CEE’s commitment and dedication, through this donation and commitment Diageo Canada will empower the organization as a source for education and recruitment of talented Black professionals.   


“As a company committed to inclusivity and diversity, Diageo Canada has zero tolerance for racism and injustice,” said Jodi Rumble, VP, General Manager, Diageo Canada. “We know there is more work to be done and are committed to taking action and championing greater equality. Supporting CEE is just one of many steps we will take on this important journey in tackling anti-black racism within our society.”


The commitment follows Diageo’s recent U.S. announcement launching a Diageo Community Fund with $20 million that will support social justice in North America, helping Black communities and businesses recover from Covid-19, and part of a broader $100 million recovery fund to help bars and pubs welcome consumers back after lockdown.


Additionally, Diageo’s African Heritage Employee Resource Group (A.H.E.A.D.) will continue to help the company focus on the priorities and actions that will make the most meaningful impact to the Black community, both inside and outside of Diageo. The company also announced to its employees recently that it will double its existing matching program for charitable donations made during the month of June, contributing two dollars for every dollar contributed by employees.


To learn more about CEE or to donate, please visit , , or call 416-492-3000.


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