Written By: Brad Campbell | August 10, 2020
Though sneeze guards have been used for decades to prevent the spread of germs in restaurants with salad bars and buffets, the coronavirus pandemic has brought them into the spotlight. Restaurant owners aren’t the only ones looking for ways to implement social distancing measures to get their doors open to diners again—businesses of all types need to find ways to make it safe for their employees and customers to come back in. That’s why we’ve worked hard to develop our own Riot Glass acrylic sneeze guards to help people start dining and conducting business outside of their own homes again.
Our superior sneeze guard glass can be mounted on any flat surface, including tables, desks, counters, and anywhere else where you want to create an effective social distancing barrier. When designing our sneeze guards, we looked at our competitors’ designs and solved many of the problems we saw with them. Here are some of the reasons our acrylic shield guards are superior to others on the market:
Just like all our Riot Glass products, we set out to create an acrylic shield that is stronger and more durable than anything else you can find out there. Whereas competitors’ models are made out of general-use acrylic or polycarbonate, our guards are highly abrasion-resistant. They also have a special coating that prevents light scratching that is inevitable with daily use and cleaning.
Additionally, the bases our guards come mounted in are made of anodized, outdoor-grade aluminum that will stand up to years of sunlight, rain, and exposure to the elements. This means you can use our sneeze guards indoors or outdoors for many years without the need to replace them. You can count on Riot Glass social distancing shields to serve you reliably without weakening or diminishing their appearance.
We always design our products with the appearance and appeal of your business in mind. That’s why you won’t see any exposed sneeze guard hardware on our social distancing shields. This means there are no visible bolt heads, screw heads, or any other unsightly hardware—everything snaps cleanly into place and is hidden out of sight.
It doesn’t matter what surface you mount your guard on. It could be a flat table, desk, countertop, or even a wall—the mounting hardware stays hidden. You can even choose whether you want your mounting base to be made out of clear anodized aluminum or a dark bronze color, depending on the look you want.
In addition to being extremely durable, our sneeze guard stands are solid enough that they won’t blow over, even when experiencing high winds. Our 3/8 of an inch version is capable of standing securely in windy outdoor areas or entrances with no problems. Even with all that strength, the stands are narrow and have a very low profile, so they won’t get in the way and take up valuable real estate on your desks, dining tables, or counters.
Another unique feature of our mounting bases is that you can opt to add a pass-through window. This is ideal for businesses where you may need to pass paperwork or other items across a counter, desk, or table to a client or colleague on the other side of the shield. Keep in mind that this is totally optional and you can choose a solid base if you don’t need this feature.
You don’t need any special tools or know-how to install our guards, which are available in both portable and permanent versions. For permanent installation, all you need is a few common household tools. If you do need assistance to get your new shield guards installed, no problem! We can provide you with a video explainer or assist you personally.
Not only do Riot Glass sneeze guards keep germs at bay, but they help with sound reduction and ambient noise mitigation. For example, if you work in close proximity with your co-workers, a sneeze guard can help block out surrounding conversations and other ambient noise. This can help cut down on distractions when you’re speaking to a client or just trying to concentrate on a task.
Coughing, sneezing, talking, and even simply breathing can spray germs into the air and onto surfaces, where other people can easily pick them up and get sick if you’re contagious—whether it be with covid-19, a cold, or a seasonal flu virus. Even after the current pandemic is over, social distancing measures will likely be the new norm as we adapt to a post-covid-19 world. The restaurant industry has been one of the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and nations across the world have seen thousands of restaurants shut their doors.
Whether or not acrylic shields for social distancing are required to reopen to the public, putting them in place can go a long way towards stemming the spread of infectious viruses in restaurants, bars, and other places where the public interacts closely. If everyone hops on board with social distancing strategies like the use of shield guards, we can collectively start returning to the activities we enjoy and help decrease the likelihood of future outbreaks.
Our acrylic shields are the best all-season solution to your social distancing problems, no matter what type of business you have. Don’t invest your money in inferior products on the market that will just wear out and need to be replaced. Contact Riot Glass today for a free consultation or to order your superior, long-lasting sneeze shields and get them on the way to you and your business right away!