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How Businesses Can Prepare for the New "Normal" of Social Distancing

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, we radically changed almost everything about what we do. We changed how we work, exercise, socialize, educate our kids, and more. As government officials relax social restrictions, many of us are anxious to have things go back to “normal” quickly. But what we are also realizing is that many things won’t go back to normal after a few weeks, months, or maybe even years. So the question no longer becomes “when will this end?” and becomes “how do we continue?”

Re-opening Safely

As businesses reopen, owners need to protect their two largest assets: their employees and their customers. Best practices include arming employees with personal protection equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies (which includes but isn’t limited to face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, etc.), and to encourage employees to maintain six feet from others.

But employees in customer-facing positions are at increased risk, since completing a financial transaction is nearly impossible from six feet away. Some employers may also have difficulty in providing PPE to all their employees. In both of these circumstances, social distancing barriers can provide additional protection for both employees and customers.

Social Distancing Barriers

Social distancing barriers, also called sneeze guards and germ guards, creates a physical barrier between the customer and the employee. Some industries have already implemented physical barriers, like banks (with bulletproof protection), and more recently, some grocery and retail stores.

With physical barriers in place, when either party coughs or sneezes, particles are physically blocked from hitting the other’s face. This adds extra protection for associates who are in constant contact with the public while providing customers with an extra reassurance. Social distancing barriers provide a low-cost and unobtrusive solution for many challenging industries, including:
  • Food service industries
  • Retail
  • Senior living homes

How Airline Can Help

Since 1992, we have been building structures using Rexroth’s aluminum extrusion. We commonly used this material to create sound-proofing and physical safeguarding for industrial machines.

But in the days of COVID-19, we’ve expanded it’s utilization to help keep the general population safe. Whether it’s assembling modular hospitals, COVID-19 testing booths or creating barriers for retail workers, we can use this modular material to build structures for a variety of health and safety applications.

Airline can design, manufactures and install social distancing barriers throughout the United Sates. Whether it’s ordering a standardized guard, or designing a customized guard, we have the inventory and know-how to provide temporary and permanent walls, counter protection shields, sneeze guards, splash shields, table barriers, desk dividers, and other applications for businesses.

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