Quick thinking on the part of Zap Signs has allowed the small Ballito company to manufacture sell Sneeze Screens to pay the salaries of all their staff in April.
The company has drawn on all skills it uses to produce traditional signage to create an innovative range of Sneeze Screens and decals to assist retailers during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“We have created a range of Sneeze Screens that can easily be installed to protect a company’s staff. The screens encourage social distancing but also provide a protective physical transparent barrier between counter staff and customers,” says company founder, Lyall Berkeley, who runs the business with his brother Kirk.
The company also produces full colour social distancing floor decals which can assist customers in retail outlets to ensure that the correct social distancing is maintained. Up until now, many outlets have simply used tape strips on floors which has created a great deal of confusion or has been completely ignored by shoppers.
These perspex Sneeze Guards come in three standard sizes – large (front face 600mm side x 800mm high with 150mm side protection panels), medium (front face 600mm side x 650mm high with 150mm side protection panels) and a desktop screen (front face 700 wide x 450mm high with 150mm side protection panels.
Berkeley said that he believed that the pandemic might even have assisted the company to develop a whole new range of PPE products that will continue to be marketed post Covid-19 and could ultimately even help grow the business.
“We foresee that the way we live is going to be very different after lockdown. I’m predicting that most retail outlets where there is face-to-face contact (till-points, banks, nail bars etc.) will show interest as it will protect both staff and clients alike,” he noted.