As Alaska businesses reopen, plexiglass becomes essential

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) As more businesses open, they are ordering plexiglass to protect their employees from the spread of COVID-19. Shops like Hoffer Glass are seeing an increased demand for plexiglass dividers to place between customers and employees.

Hoffer Glass is trying to keep up with customers' demand for plexiglass during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

President of Hoffer Glass Emily Cheysobhon said most businesses are looking for a plexiglass divider that has a slot at the bottom to pass money or clipboards through. She said businesses want something temporary that they can take down after the pandemic.

Cheysobhon said they started seeing the increased demand in late March, early April. "Since then it's just been calls for it every day, people wanting quotes... it's hard to keep plastics in stock. A lot of our vendors down in the Lower 48 can't even keep it in stock, so it's been really hard to keep it here and meet the customers’ needs at the same time," said Cheysobhon.

Cheysobhon said the demand and the amount that customers were ordering was a surprise. She said as more businesses open, she expects the demand to continue for the next few months.

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