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    5 businesses that need plexiglass sneeze guards

    Posted by Samantha Johnson

    Posted on 20th May 2020 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry


    Bay Area check cashing companies have always utilized tempered glass barriers as a means of separating customers from the employees. Most banks utilize ballistic glass barriers. Both of these setups had security in mind when first developed. The idea was to deter would-be robbers and give employees a few extra seconds to take the necessary actions. But now these barriers are serving a new purpose in the aftermath of COVID-19.

    Social distancing is the new normal thanks to coronavirus. But some businesses simply do not allow for social distancing and require other measures to keep customers and personnel safe. Plexiglass safety barriers are being retrofitted on cubicles in Bay Area office buildings to prepare them for reopening at the beginning of June. Office partitions are also hot items right now due to the prevalence of open office floor plans. These barriers provide workers peace of mind and help companies comply with safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and California authorities.

    Plexiglass safety barriers, also known as "sneeze guards," protect workers from airborne pathogens. Gas stations, convenience stores and postal services were the first businesses to adopt sneeze guards. Their employs are frontline workers who have been working throughout the shelter-in-place orders. Sneeze guards come in all shapes and sizes. Most have cutouts at the bottom to facilitate transactions.

    Every Bay Area company that interacts with customers can incorporate plexiglass safety barriers to protect workers and slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Fast food restaurants

    A vast majority of fast food restaurants have either been closed during the shelter-in-place orderS or have only been serving customers via drive-thru windows. When dining rooms open back up for business, capacity limitations will be in place by government mandate.

    Hanging sneeze guards are most effective for cashiers. They leave a gap underneath to facilitate transactions and serve food. Some restaurants are taking things a step further, installing both freestanding and hanging plexiglass barriers around dining room tables and booths.


    Public libraries are essential to Bay Area communities, particularly for those who need internet to find and apply for jobs. Sneeze guards are being installed between public computers. They are also being utilized on library tables shared by multiple patrons. Libraries are also protecting workers by placing sneeze guards at checkout counters and security desks.

    Law offices

    New clients often go through the intake process via email or telephone. But complex cases require face-to-face interaction with clients to iron out details and potential strategies for litigating cases. Freestanding sneeze guards are most efficient in these settings. They can be moved around from desk to desk as needed when interacting with clients.


    Governor Gavin Newsom categorized all cannabis companies, recreational and medicinal, as "essential businesses" back in March. But many have been delivery-only or curbside pickup since shelter-in-place began. Like other customer-facing companies, sneeze guards provide an extra layer of protection to workers in these environments.

    Nail salons

    Nail technicians have always taken health and safety measure. Many wore gloves and masks prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plexiglass safety barriers allow customers to place their hands through the bottom opening and get serviced with added peace of mind. Pedicure stations can use hanging sneeze guards so only the feet are exposed to the technicians.

    Eco Office is open during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, providing essential products and services, including sneeze guards of all shapes and sizes, and office partitions. Turnaround times are currently 7-10 days to retrofit your office cubicles with your choice of plexiglass barriers. We also provide services to all the foregoing businesses. Give us a call today at 408-437-1700 to discuss your options.

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