Shop erects perspex screens to protect staff and customers

Shop erects perspex screens to protect staff and customers


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

The owners of a shop in Co Clare have taken extra measures to protect staff and customers from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the idea is already are being taken up by other businesses.

Management at O’Keeffe’s Roslevan Stores in Ennis have implemented additional steps above those recommended for shops. They have had special Perspex protective screens made and suspended over their cashier desks in an effort to offer extra protection to staff and customers.

Thomas O’Keeffe, who co-owns the shop with his sister Catriona said: “We wanted to do something to offer the best possible protection to our staff and customers. It’s a simple idea but we think it will be very effective. I contacted local tradesman Donal Conheady and between us we decided on a design for the screens.”

“We know that things are going to be difficult for a while and we want to ensure we are here to serve our customers for as long as possible. Our aim is to stay open but we may have to curtail hours at some stage but we don’t know yet,” Thomas said.

A number of people have also been asking Thomas about the screens and where he got them.

He said: “There has been a lot in interest in the screens with other businesses and even someone from Shannon Airport asking about them. Something as simple as this could help to stop the virus spreading and we have to look after ourselves and our staff. They are working very hard and don’t have the same protection as other people who might be dealing with potential cases so we will do our best to safeguard their health.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.