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    How government and casinos are using plexiglass dividers to combat COVID-19

    Posted by James Williams

    Posted on 4th Jun 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness


    Los Angeles County is now the epicenter for coronavirus in California. L.A. County has over 43,000 confirmed cases, according to state officials. Recent mass protests in the city have officials speculating about a major surge in COVID-19 cases. San Francisco County has only 2,613 confirmed cases. Alameda County is the only Bay Area County with more cases (3,517). Los Angeles County has nearly six times as many deaths from COVID-19 as the entire Bay Area. Health officials blame L.A.'s delayed response in combating the outbreak. All nine Bay Area counties issued shelter-in-place orders on March 16. Crowded neighborhoods, high homeless rates, pollution, along with no stay-at-home orders, are also noted as causes of the situation in L.A.

    The Bay Area, meanwhile, has mostly flattened the curve. No county reported more than 30 new cases on June 2, with two counties reporting only one new case. Santa Clara County reported 47 new cases on May 24, the highest single-day increase since April 22. The county has been testing more people than at any other time since the pandemic started, with over 4,200 total test on May 21 and 22. Napa and Sonoma counties have a total of only seven COVID-19 deaths between them, according to the county health departments' data.

    California is still taking a very cautious approach. State officials are reopening everything in stages. There are many case studies going on around the country right now that give the Bay Area ideas for approaching the reopening process. The new normal for virtually all business are plexiglass safety barriers in some form. Here are some interesting ways sneeze guards are being used across the country.


    Bay 101, The Graton and San Pablo Lyton are among several casinos within a couple hours drive of the Bay Area. Most of them are still closed with no reopening date set. The Cache Creek Casino in Brooks announced it will reopen on June 8. They have also already announced major changes. Mask are required for everyone unless you are eating. Half of the slot machines will be turned off. Blackjack tables will be limited to three players. The biggest news is with poker. It is being eliminated altogether. Casino personnel told ABC-7 that players sit too close to realistically play live poker. But the Seminole Hard Rock Casino may provide a solution to preserve poker in all casino.

    The Tampa resort resumed poker on May 21. Six players are allowed at each table. The tables are equipped with plexiglass dividers between players and over the table. Seminole Hard Rock is operating 23 tables in its poker room instead of the normal 46. Cards and chips are cleaned or changed regularly. Masks are required for both players and dealers.

    County governments

    Madison County, Mississippi is setting an example for the rest of the state. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for a no mask, no entry policy, according to the Northside Sun. Plexiglass barriers are being installed in several county offices, including the Tax Assessor and Circuit Clerk's office.

    Franklin County, Ohio is taking similar measures. County commissioners approved $1.5 million to not only redesign lobbies and waiting areas, but also to install plexiglass shields and sneeze guards in various places. They specifically want the dividers in entryways and between county personnel and customers.

    Quick installation for plexiglass barriers in the Bay Area

    Eco Office has been open throughout the shelter-in-place orders providing essential services and products. We are retrofitting cubicles with transparent and/or translucent plexiglass barriers to help companies comply with county safety measures. We also have a wide selection of office partitions to help with social distancing in open office settings.

    We're currently experiencing turnaround times of a week to 10 days, depending on the size and scope of the project. Give us a call today at 408-437-1700 to speak to a project manager.

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