Redneck Riviera uses UV wand to disinfect during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 05, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Folks at John Rich's Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ are now using a UV wand to disinfect high touch surfaces during the pandemic.

"The battery pack connects to the belt, and the belt has a wire that goes to the wand," said Alex Tjoland.

Tjoland is a sound engineer who was trained to use the NuvaWave to disinfect high touch surfaces like "where drummers attach their cymbals, snare stands, seats."

Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ is the first bar to try it out. The wand was initially created for hospital settings. According to the CEO of UV Innovators, the device kills COVID-19 in seconds.

"With the ultraviolet light, we’re able to very quickly disinfect it, and allow them to have a rapid turnover to get the next band set up and to do it in a safe and effective way," Dr. Nick Medendorp said. “This ultraviolet disinfection technology is very effective at killing not only SARS-CoV-2 but other multidrug-resistant pathogens like MRSA."

Employees are also using it on bar counters, elevator buttons, and other areas. It's user friendly, with a button to turn it on, and it doesn't contain mercury.

However, the wand requires users to abide by safety measures since UV light can be dangerous to people's skin and eyes. The FDA has more information about it here.