State-of-the-art shields have been installed to keep visitors safe at one of the North-East’s most popular tourist attractions.
And a Durham glass supplier is helping thousands of visitors stay safe, after installing dozens of sneeze guard screens at Beamish Museum, before it reopened its doors last week.
Glass & Mirror Solutions, based in Gilesgate Moor in Durham, was tasked with kitting out all of Beamish Museum’s customer service points with glass safety screens ahead of the site reopening to the public last Thursday.
Whether they are craving the delights of Davy’s Fish Shop, the sticky treats of the 1900s sweet shop, or simply want to enjoy a chinwag with the guide in Beamish Motor & Cycle Works, Glass & Mirror Solutions’ screens will be helping to keep the museum’s day trippers socially distanced and safe.
The Covid screens were specially adapted to ensure they would provide a perfect fit without causing any damage to the antique counters at the ‘living museum’.
Graeme Hawes, director at Glass & Mirror Solutions, explained: “We’ve been very busy for the last couple of months, supplying and installing sneeze guard screens as businesses of all shapes and sizes have gradually reopened across the North East.
“But when Beamish Museum approached us for a solution to keeping their staff and customers safe, we knew this would be no ordinary job.
“Some of the museum’s counter tops are hundreds of years old, so obviously we couldn’t drill into the tops or risk damaging the surface with clamps to secure the screens.
“Many of the screens also had to fit around unique features, such as copper piping and service hatches, so they all had to be individually measured up, designed, manufactured and fitted.”
Glass & Mirror Solutions’ screens are providing a Covid-safe barrier at customer service points including the main entrance, gift shop, the pharmacy, the sweet shop, the photography studio, the bakery and the fish shop.