This mall in Thailand implemented a clever and safe way to ‘press’ lift buttons
I don’t know about you, but due to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, I have developed an irrational fear of pressing lift buttons.
I’ll go full-on gymnastics and use my knee to press the lift’s buttons. Although I never had a good attempt on my office’s lift because the buttons are too damn high. No, I’m not a flexible person – also, I get a lot of stares when I do it.
There are obviously better ways, but this mall in Thailand probably has the best way: By replacing lift buttons with foot pedals.
The Seacon Square mall in Bangkok, Thailand, did just that in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
They placed foot pedals at the inner side of the lifts and stuck floor indicators which correspond to the pedals below them.
It’s perhaps one of the best ways to avoid contact with surfaces. And we’re not the only one who agree with this.
A customer who wanted to be known by her first name, Watcharaporn, said, “They did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer because we use our hands to do various things all the time.
“Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great.”
Thailand implemented a lockdown on March 26 until the end of April. But on April 27, the country announced that it would extend its lockdown for another month, with the hopes it would be able to lift it by the end of May.
After seeing single-digit infected cases, the country decided to relax its lockdown starting on May 17. However, a curfew would remain, restricting movement from 11pm to 4am. Selected establishments were also allowed to operate once again with strict standard operating procedures.
Vice president of Seacon Development said, “The easiest way to get infected is when you touch an object that has been contaminated. Eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes, or whatever. So we came up with this idea of hands-free, foot-operated elevator.”
If my bosses are reading this, could we please get this installed in our lifts?— Source: Tarvin Gill / mashable.com
Cover image sourced from Thailand Construction and New York Post.