Geisa. Whether it involves applying for an ID card, registering an apartment, applying for a certificate of good conduct, certifying documents or giving information about restaurants and accommodation: as a service centre, the staff at the citizens’ office is normally in direct contact with the people from Geisa and guests from near and far. Due to the current situation, the municipal administration had been closed. Matters were largely dealt with over the phone or by email and face-to-face meetings were only possible in urgent cases after making an appointment. “As of now we will give people the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting again, but only after previously making an appointment to be able to plan the number of visitors,” explains Geisa’s mayoress, Manuela Henkel. In doing so, citizens and staff should continue to feel safe and protected. For this purpose, the local company, Abel Metallsysteme, is handing over five glass protective walls with Geisa's coat of arms to the town, which in future will be used in the citizens’ office and residents’ registration office.
“Abel Metallsysteme has been resident here in Geisa for 100 years and the town is my home. At times like these you should offer the best possible support with your relevant competences and abilities,” says managing director, Klaus Peter Abel, about his commitment. During the coronavirus crisis, the company Abel was also faced with the challenge of protecting its own employees from each other and in direct contact with customers, and for this purpose developed the Abel Limes Protective Wall.
“At this point I realised that there are many temporary solutions. But none that can be used over many years, make the most of the optimal protective properties of glass and meet the challenges of prestigious spaces,” explains Klaus Peter Abel. Within a week, the 50-year-old businessman went on to develop, with his team, the company’s own glass protective wall in different versions.
The first protective walls are now expected to enable the citizens of Geisa a safe contact with their town’s administration.
“Safely getting back to day-to-day life step by step,” says the mayoress, Manuela Henkel. The hygiene protective walls will be an important building block in this respect in the town of Geisa’s concept. “The glass protective walls are erected at important interfaces for contact with citizens. They also look great, however, and even bear our coat of arms,” says Henkel with delight. “We are very grateful to the company Abel Metallsysteme for its support and proud to have such an innovative company based here in Geisa.”
In the meantime, the glass protective walls are in demand at Abel Metallsysteme from the whole of Germany. “Be it from authorities, doctors’ surgeries, schools, music colleges or job centres. The demand is huge and we are delighted with the positive response,” says Klaus Peter Abel.