When you are asked to design a bespoke glass protection screen for Kings College founded in 1441 by King Henry VI an off the shelf acrylic product was never going to fit the bill. Our small independent glass design company accepted the challenge. Drawing on the experience of our Design Director and his team and utilising specialist glass processes including UV bonding Go Glass supplied and installed these custom glass screens to the porters lodge incorporating the Kings College logo etched onto a toughened hygiene glass.

Glass protection screens emerged as a critical tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as a physical barrier that helped reduce the transmission of the virus in various public and private settings. These screens were quickly adopted in retail, hospitality, healthcare, and office environments, among others, to safeguard both employees and customers while allowing essential services to continue operating. Here’s how glass protection screens played a pivotal role during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Reducing Direct Contact

Glass protection screens acted as a shield between individuals, minimising the risk of direct contact and the transmission of respiratory droplets, which are a primary way the coronavirus spreads. By installing these screens at points of sale, service counters, and between seating areas, businesses could continue operations while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

2. Enhancing Hygiene and Safety

Unlike curtains or other porous barriers, glass screens are non-porous and easy to clean and disinfect without degrading their quality or transparency. This feature made them an ideal choice for maintaining high hygiene standards, as they could be regularly sanitised to reduce the risk of surface transmission of the virus.

3. Preserving Communication and Visibility

Glass protection screens provided a clear, unobstructed view, enabling face-to-face communication while maintaining a physical barrier. This was particularly important in settings where visual and verbal communication is essential, such as in customer service counters, classrooms, and healthcare facilities. The transparency of glass also helped in reducing feelings of isolation and maintaining a sense of normalcy during interactions.

4. Versatility and Adaptability

The versatility of glass protection screens meant they could be quickly deployed and adapted to a wide range of environments. They could be installed as permanent fixtures or designed as movable panels that could be repositioned as needed, providing flexibility in adapting to changing social distancing requirements and guidelines.

5. Contributing to Public Confidence

The presence of glass protection screens in public spaces played a significant role in boosting public confidence during the pandemic. By visibly taking measures to protect health and safety, businesses could reassure employees and customers that they were taking the necessary precautions, encouraging people to return to public spaces and engage in economic activities with reduced anxiety.