The UK government has updated its coronavirus regulations (28/02/20) to include noise restrictions in bars, clubs and restaurants. Under which “a person engaged in the operation of a business of a cabaret, a café, a restaurant or a bar (including a bar in a hotel or a members’ club) must , during the emergency period, ensure that no music is played in the premises that exceeds 85db(A) when measured at the source of the music”.
The restrictions also cover noise generated by singing. This is in response to a number of recent studies, including one from the University of Bristol* suggesting that the louder people talk, sing or shout, the more aerosols and droplets are generated. Aerosols are tiny particles that are exhaled from the body and float in the air, while droplets can fall on surfaces. There is new evidence that these particles as well as saliva droplets can spread the coronavirus.
The study found that voice volume had the greatest impact on the amount of aerosol produced; there was a small difference between talking and singing at a similar sound level, while singing or shouting at the loudest level could generate 30 times more aerosol.
These COVID noise control panels can help. They light up at a preset decibel level to warn when noise levels have become too high and people are likely to need to shout to be heard. To cover a larger area, up to 3 remote units can be daisy-chained to a master.
- Noise control panel illuminates when preset noise levels are exceeded
- Quick and easy to install
- Choose from two models – SHHH and Caution -Virus
- Warning light trigger level can be adjusted from 40dB(A) to 114dB(A)
- Adjustable warning light using high intensity white LED technology for high visual impact and long life
- These panels can be daisy-chained through master and remote units to share the message across larger areas.
- Warning sign suitable for noisy environments.
- Ideal for use in pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, leisure and entertainment areas, places of worship, schools, universities and other public buildings.