Want an example of a high-touch surface?
You hit it on the nose if you said these lions in front of The Capital Grille, on E. 42nd St. between Third and Lexington Aves.
On Wednesday afternoon, a restaurant employee was disinfecting the popular pairs’ patinaed proboscises.
“You wouldn’t believe how many people touch these things,” she said as she scrubbed one of the statues’ snouts. “People cross the street just to touch them. It’s a New York ritual.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets, but the virus may also live on fomites, meaning objects like doorknobs, plates…and, yes, even lion noses…that may be infected.
Per the C.D.C Web site.: “Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best-practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.”
The Capital Grille steak house is located in the Chrysler Center’s pyramid-like Trylon Towers, designed by renowned architects Philip Johnson and Alan Ritchie.
Due to the pandemic, The Capital Grille, like other New York City restaurants, is closed but is still offering food delivery and takeout.