One Fenton Township restaurant, The FirePlace Bar & Grill on N. Long Lake Rd., is experimenting with a first-of-its-kind walk-through machine that will take your temperature, provide hand sanitizer and spray a micro mist on those who voluntarily enter with a safe disinfectant that kills 98 percent of all pathogens.
This machine will help solve the problem of spreading the coronavirus. Those who have a higher-than normal temperature are asked not to enter the restaurant.
Walking through Genatek Global’s GT1000 is optional and not mandatory to enter the restaurant. Masks, however, are required to comply with the governor’s executive order.
The very fine micro mist being used is hypochlorous acid, a chlorine-based product safe for human consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has been in the national water supply since 2004 and is used in grocery stores across the country to sanitize food products.
This is the first instance of one of these machines being used in the country. It is manufactured in Fenton Township.
The FirePlace owner, Joe Gilbert, is leasing the GT1000 machine from Genatek Global. He heard of the GT1000 from one of his patrons, Johnny Cooper of Fenton, who is president of Genatek Global.
Cooper said the units are being manufactured at his warehouse on Thompson Road in Fenton Township.
Like other business owners, Gilbert said he and his staff are doing everything they can to make The FirePlace a safe environment for everyone.
Videos and photos of the machine, which is located outdoors in front of The FirePlace entrance, received a mixed reaction on The FirePlace’s social media because people wanted to know more about what was in the mist.
A study on hypochlorous acid, published June 25 by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported, “The results indicate that this material can be used with a high predictability for disinfecting against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) virus.
The June 25 article also reported, “Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended numerous disinfectants against COVID-19 including hypochlorous acid (HOCl). The mechanism of disinfection involves the destroying of the cell wall of microbes or viruses, allowing the disinfectant to destroy or inactivate them.”
Cooper said Thursday that four other Fenton area restaurants have shown interest in the GT1000 and he’s waiting for confirmations. He said he’s also working on a large deal involving 800 units of the GT1000 for an events company.
Cooper said the micro mist will not stain or bleach any clothing or hair.
Looking ahead, Cooper is working on a new design of the GT1000 concept that could be fitted into buses, either for mass transit or schools. Watch for an upcoming story in the Times on this new design.