As schools and businesses seek ways to safely recover and open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of everyone involved is of paramount concern. Business owners, community leaders, and school administrators are looking for solutions that will help students, teachers, customers, and employees stay safe while conducting in-person business or instruction.

The Clarity XL, a stand-up barrier.

One solution is a see-through barrier made from clear vinyl or plexiglass. This seemed like a good idea to us, so we built a stand-up barrier for a lecture classroom and showed it to some educators. Their response was “This is great, but I have close contact with small groups of students. How do I keep them separated in those situations?”

Our design engineering team took the educators’ suggestions to heart and created the Clarity Shield™, a series of see-through social distancing barriers. Although initially developed with schools in mind, it can be used in any public place where people gather, including huddle rooms, office spaces, retail businesses, and health care facilities.

The Clarity Shield 3 is sized to fit on a standard student desk.

The Clarity Shield is a cleanable, clear vinyl barrier designed to help prevent cross contamination between individuals in a confined place. A configurable hinge design allows for a multitude of applications. The Clarity Shield provides a safer, sturdier alternative to homemade or improvised setups while remaining lightweight and portable. Configurations allowing up to four people to be separated are available. Optional feet allow space to pass paperwork and other items below the clear barriers.

In addition to the four tabletop models a mobile stand-up unit is available.

“Unprecedented times call for some out-of-the-box thinking on how to keep each other safe,” said Draper president Chris Broome. “When used in conjunction with other accepted protocols for preventing the spread of airborne illness, such as wearing face masks, washing hands, and social distancing, our hope is that this solution can give people an increased level of confidence in more confined areas where they need to see and communicate with one another.”

To find out more about the Clarity Shield series of vinyl barriers, click here.

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