Burnley sound and lighting team give green light for safe shopping with new 'traffic light' sign

A Burnley company has given the green light for extra safety measures at a local shop with the design of a 'traffic light' sign to help with social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opus Pro Audio in Parker Lane was approached by the Spar shop in Hillingdon Road to come up with an electric solution to monitoring safe numbers of customers in the shop, without the need for a member of staff to stand on the door.

Opus owners Scott Noddings and Andrew Kay set about designing a traffic light system, controlled by remote control switch behind the shop's counter.

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And since extolling the sign's virtus on the Opus Facebook page, the business is now seeing interest from shops around the country.

Andrew Kay and Scott Noddings

Scott said: "Coming up with the design came pretty quickly really - it was a eureka! moment I suppose. The sign uses two LEDs, red and green, which indicate when it is safe for a customer to enter the shop.

"It's reasuring for staff and shoppers, and means the shop doesn't have to have a member of staff contstantly stood outside. We've had good feedback from the Spar shop manager which is pleasing.

"In fact we decided to run a campaign on our Facebook and we're now getting interest from around the country and have already had a couple of orders placed from local businesses."

The sign has come at a good time for Opus which had been badly affected by the lockdown.

Scott explained that a big part of their business is supplying sound and stage lighting for schools, churches, leisure centres and local authorities which have all been closed in recent weeks.

"The lockdown has had a big impact on our businesses but hopefully our traffic light sign will give us a boost and help shops to operate safely too," Scott added.

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