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Coca-Cola and Sheridan College create COVID-shields


Dino Ari was among the first to receive protective shields from the Sheridan and Coca-Cola joint venture. (Image courtesy of Coca-Cola Canada)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coca-Cola has partnered with Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) to produce and distribute protective countertop shields for small businesses.

The shields will be installed in front of cashiers at local convenience stores and restaurants to act as a protective barrier between customers and store staff.  This aims to help business owners to operate while maintaining physical distancing measures.

They are made with thin sheets of polyester (PET), a substitute for plexiglass, which is experiencing shortages across North America due to high demand.

“Retailers and restaurants are working hard to ensure that Canadians can get the food, drinks and supplies they need during this challenging time,” explained Ron Soreanu, vice president, public affairs & communications at Coca-Cola Ltd in a press release. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for many retailers and we wanted to help businesses that may be overwhelmed trying to keep their business running.”

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Soreanu explained that the project started when Coca-Cola spoke to their customers and realized that a number of smaller, local businesses did not have protective shields or guards installed in their stores or only had temporary solutions.

“Protective barriers between the cashier and the customer will give an extra layer of confidence to everyone during their shopping experience,” Soreanu added. “And, we hope that this investment will enable Canadians to continue supporting their favourite local store or restaurant as our economy begins to re-open.”