AN Ilkley bar has undergone an innovative disinfection procedure to prepare itself to welcome the public back through its doors on Saturday, July 4.

Yorkshire company, GermzAway Hygiene Solutions, which will move into a new unit on Golden Butts Road, in Ilkley this month, ensured The Ticket Office on Station Plaza is fully sanitised before re-opening using electrostatic fogging, which has been described as “the most scientifically successful disinfection procedure available today”.

The bar is the first in the town to try this effective deep cleaning method and hopes the results will offer peace of mind to Ilkley’s revellers as the night-time economy welcomes them back after lockdown.

GermzAway carried out the electrostatic fogging procedure across the whole of the Ticket Office premises, including the bar, restaurant and toilet areas, in order to completely sanitise the venue before re-opening.

Adam Lewis, Director of Twisted Bars, who owns The Ticket Office said: “The GermzAway team have left me feeling confident that we can reopen the Ticket Office on July 4th with the knowledge we have done everything in our power to disinfect and sanitise everything we can to protect both staff and customers. Other new procedures will also be in place for the protection and safety of everyone.”

Other measures include a preferred (although not essential) pre-booking system, to best manage customer flow, avoid disappointment and ensure social distancing. On arrival customers won’t need to touch a thing, with both foot-controlled door openings and hand sanitiser in place. The bar has a thermal imaging camera in place to record staff and customer temperatures on entry and to identify any possible risks. Anyone showing a high temperature will be asked politely to seek medical advice and won’t be allowed on site.

Once seated, customers will be asked to order via a special ‘At Table’ app that is set to be ready in time for opening. The app will allow for both contactless ordering and payment. Hand sanitiser will also be available on all tables.

Twisted Bars also own Everybodys Social in Guiseley, which is ready to open on Saturday. James Garside, general manager of the site said: “It will be amazing to hear the buzz and atmosphere back in the venue, after such a long time, and to be able to play our part in making people smile again.”