Retailers are installing Perspex counter screens as a longer-term solution to help with security, rather than just a temporary measure against the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic began, store owners have been installing barriers at till points to help minimise the risk of staff and customers becoming ill.

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Paul Jordon, managing director of shopfitting firm The Jordon Group, told betterRetailing the company has had requests from retailers to install the counter screens until the end of the year.

“The pandemic has raised long-term concerns about hygiene. In our conversations with retailers, some were reluctant to install big screens at their tills as security measures against antisocial behaviour because of the impression they might give customers.

“Screens have become more normal as a result of the pandemic and retailers are using this as an opportunity to increase their security.”

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Derbyshire One Stop retailer Dee Sedani added: “I’ve been having discussions with the management team to make more permanent enclosures.

“We’ve already had screens put in, so we might as well keep going with them. It’s also a good opportunity to protect staff against antisocial behaviour.”

Store Excel, which produces ‘Bio Barrier’ screens, has had similar conversations. Founder David Gilroy said: “Screens are becoming more accepted.”

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