Covid 19

Ventilation

About Ventilation and COVID-19

  • As the days get colder and darker and people start to spend more time indoors, the ventilation of the spaces that we’re in, especially indoor spaces with people who are not part of our households, will be an increasingly important intervention to slow the spread of the virus.
  • One way to think about ventilation is as part of the “Swiss cheese” defense. The image below is based on one created by a University of Queensland virologist and shows how no single intervention may be perfect – but, by layering these interventions we can improve success.
  • Ventilation is a critical layer of Swiss cheese.

City’s Ventilation Initiative

  • On October 28, 2020, the City announced a new initiative to support good ventilation. The initiative has several parts:
    • We are continuing to make interventions in City buildings to protect employees who need to work in-person and members of the public.
    • We plan to collect key information about air quality into a one-pager and distribute it to Burlington property owners in the coming weeks.
    • We want to help small businesses, non-profit organizations, and commercial building owners – spaces where people are spending time indoors with people from outside their households – make investments in their ventilation systems.

Financial Assistance Programs for Improving Ventilation

  • The City’s Ventilation Microgrant Program: will award microgrants to reimburse commercial space owners or tenants for 50% of the cost of any ventilation-related expense, up to $500. This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, but if demand is high we will consider another round. The microgrant is now available, CLICK HERE to read more on this new program. 
  • Burlington Electric Department currently is offering a Commercial Efficiency & Ventilation 0% Loan Program that can be used towards building ventilation upgrades. Small and medium sized businesses in Burlington (with active BED electric accounts) may apply for 0% financing loans to be used for renovations required to reopen safely according to public health guidelines. Certain eligibility criteria may apply.

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