Why Grocery Stores Should Use Plexiglass Sneeze Guards to Avoid The Spread of Coronavirus


We are on slippery slopes with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. While there has been very little progress made in finding a vaccine, you must also do your very best for your customers and employees. And the way to do that is with PLEXIGLASS SNEEZE GUARDS.

Who would be next? Are you next after me? My aim is not to strike fear in your heart. From the grocery stores to the elevator room, there are various places you can contact the deadly virus there is almost no haven. Even for those forced to abide by the social distancing directive, all it takes is to come in contact with one infected person and you’ve got the virus.

However, there are steps you can take to safeguard yourself and those that work for you until a cure or vaccine is found. At Walmart, Whole Foods, and other grocery stores, preventive measures with the installation of plexiglass sneeze guards in the next step in beating the virus.

What are plexiglass sneeze guards?

So what are Plexiglas sneeze guards? These are preventable barriers made of Plexiglas installed in stores and public spaces to avoid the spread of the harmful virus from the hands and mouth. They are made to block coughing droplets, sneezing, and further contact between customers and employees.

Sneeze guards help to protect front-end grocery store cashiers who are often the first point of contact in these trying times.

The virus is known to spread through coughs, sneezes, and virus-containing droplets to uninfected persons who often proceed to touch their faces and mouths thereby infecting themselves and putting others at risk.

It is not uncommon to see these Plexiglas sneeze guards being used by big brands like Walmart, Albertsons, and Amazon to maintain some distance while doing business. Having these shields installed is a worthy reminder of the importance of proper hygiene in stopping the spread of the virus.

Effective Plexiglas sneeze guards are often tall enough to protect individuals sitting or standing. While it is important they cover the whole interaction space, leaving some room for maneuverability wouldn’t be such a bad idea. You see, proper installation should be done with appropriate hardware for durability. If you exchange goods for money or other services, it would be wise to make a small and low cutout or slot for such exchange.

Why is it made of plexiglass?

I know you’re wondering why of all the materials available for making shields, plexiglass was chosen. You see, plexiglass is a great alternative to glass because it is plastic, transparent, flexible, and strong.

Originally made from polymers of methyl methacrylate, and one of the most widely used plastic materials. In the face of this pandemic, what best to protect you while you work than a lightweight, transparent, and shatter-proof alternative?

It might interest you to know that plexiglass is, however, not the only material used for making sneeze guards. Other wonderful alternatives include Lexan glass and standard glass. Lexan glass is, however, more flexible than plexiglass so it is better suited for places where it may be impacted. The added strength of standard glass has also made it a favorite material for sneeze guards. And they offer permanent alternatives, unlike plexiglass and Lexan.

Although the choice of which material to go for depends on a lot of factors; location and whether it’s a temporary or permanent installation. Plexiglass and Lexan are best for temporary arrangements and less expensive than standard glass.

Is sneeze guards protecting against the spread of coronavirus?

Unless you have a better option, I don’t see why you shouldn’t try sneeze guards. Of course, it protects you from virus-containing droplets. At the moment, businesses are closed due to the coronavirus spread and incessant stay-at-home orders. Supermarkets are, however, open and even implementing extra precautions to reduce the spread of the deadly virus but there’s still a chance of getting infected.

By placing sneeze guards at strategic points in your office and businesses, you can stop the projectile of infectious droplets through sneezing and coughing from an infected person to an uninfected person. Thereby separating people from germs and vice versa.

What safety measures must also be needed in grocery stores in the USA?

The fight is not won with the installation of PLEXIGLASS SNEEZE GUARDS alone. Below are other safety measures in the face of this overwhelming pandemic.

Social distancing guidelines 

Foremost among safety measures is the practice of social distancing which has proven to help reduce the spread of the virus. In enclosed spaces like grocery stores and supermarkets, lines have been set up on the floor for shoppers indicating acceptable social distancing limits. Some stores have also implemented traffic aisles to ensure orderliness and to ensure almost zero contact with other shoppers while shopping. Acceptable distance is 6 feet away from the nearest person on the line.

Food delivery services

Food delivery is fast gaining traction among Americans as the best way to reduce your chances of contracting the virus. From grocery delivery services to mobile pickups. Having your food delivered at home instead of eating out gives you another chance and the rest of the mind. Being in crowded spaces wouldn’t be such a good idea at the moment and having your food delivered is the right way to go.

It doesn’t only protect you from the virus, it also gives those sick and often shy from avoidable exposure. In a way, having your food delivered gives you comfort after all – something you’d be happy to have.

Credit/debit cards, or cash?

Credit and debit cards are fast becoming the go-to financial transactions gateway. And it would be a bonus in these times when social distancing is a new religion. Paying for your grocery through mobile payment gateways has never been this easy. Gateways like google pay and Apple will save you a lot of stress.

Handling cash brings you in contact with thousands of microbes daily. Something you can’t afford at the moment. While a lot of grocery stores are mandating buyers to use the pin pads, consider using a hand sanitizer before and after.

What are the common dimensions of sneeze guards?

At Fab Glass and Mirror, you can get your custom-built PLEXIGLASS SNEEZE GUARDS at different sizes and thicknesses. Available heights are 24″, 30″ and 36″ inches to suit its specific need. And a thickness of 1/4″ (6mm). Resting on Welded Steel Supports (Full & Short) to give you the needed shield against virus infections.

So what should I do?

Visit Fab Glass and Mirror for some of the most affordable and efficient sneeze guards anywhere in the world.