Canberra’s new hand sanitiser ‘drive-thru’

Canberrans are being offered new home-grown hand and home sanitiser sold through a new ‘drive-through’ service.

Canberra’s Underground Spirits, which has halted spirits production and spent the last month making hand sanitiser for use by frontline medical staff in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has announced an entirely new business arm offering hand and home sanitising products for the public.

Canberra will now be opening its first ‘drive-through’ sanitisation station with the Canberra Region Visitors Centre repurposing their team and centre to support this project on behalf of the ACT Government.

Visit Canberra director Jonathan Kobus welcomed the move, urging Canberrans that even though Covid-19 cases have ceased in the capital and some social distancing restrictions have been eased, now is not the time to cease hand sanitising.

“Canberrans have been crying out for hand sanitiser during this crisis,” Kobus said. “And it’s great to see that every Canberra household now has access to be able to purchase their own supply thanks to Underground Spirits.

“Hand sanitiser will be part of the ‘new normal’ as we work towards keeping the virus at bay through hand and home sanitising.

“To see a local business be able to change focus so quickly at such a needed time really shows that our entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Canberra.”

Over the last month, Underground Spirits has made tens of thousands of litres of hand sanitiser which has been distributed via the ACT Government and other organisations to ensure that frontline medical staff are serviced.

Owner and head distiller Dr. Toby Angstmann said they have been overwhelmed with requests for hand sanitiser from the general public which, up until now, they have been unable to facilitate.

“We have scaled our operations and are now in a position to directly help all members of the community we are a part of,” he said.