Effective Social Distancing Floor Marking Strategies

Social Distancing Examples

How to effectively deploy physical distancing floor marking to keep everyone safe

This guide provides five quick tips to successfully implement social distancing in your workplace for essential workers, customers, patients, and others.

1.      Know your audience

Who are the people who would need to see these floor markings to stay safe? What messages are you trying to convey? Do you need bi-lingual or multi-lingual signs? You want to setup and test your floor markings. If people can follow your intent with no verbal cues, then you have done a good job. If the floor signage is not directing them correctly, then reconsider or reconfigure your layout. Test, test, test. We want to give everyone the best chance to do it right and minimize any chance to do it incorrectly. Above all, make it easy to understand.

Stay 6 feet away

2. Use color-coding

Use color-coding whenever possible but back it up with symbols or words (for those who are color-blind). Simple color-coding can include common colors that everyone is used to already, like a stoplight: Red = Stop, Yellow = Caution, Green = Go. Also, consider using contrasting colors – if you have a light color floor, use a dark color floor marking. If your floor is a dark carpet color, use a light contrasting color. Common contrasting and visually appealing color schemes include black/yellow, blue/white, red/white, and green/white.

Contrasting Color for Signs

3. Use symbols whenever possible

You know the old saying “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” A symbol can convey a lot of information quickly and effectively. For instance, a red octagon means “stop”. An arrow shows direction. There is no need to ask anyone, these types of symbols are ubiquitous. An exceptional symbol for social distancing is footprints, floor marking that look like the shape of a shoe. People understand instinctively that these footprints show where to stand or walk. In the example pictured, corer markers are added to establish the correct spot to stand. Also notice the nice contrasting colors (as mentioned above).

4. Make sure the signage is the correct size

Lettering needs to be large enough to see from a distance. A recommendation is to use three-inch (3”) high or larger letters/numbers to see from 25–100 feet. Font size of 166 will give you approximately 3-inch high letters. Use a font style that is easy to read like Helvetica, Demi Bold or other similar fonts. Lettering in ALL CAPS is easy to read from a distance.

5. Use six-foot zones to queue people

“Safe Six” is a term used for social distancing people six feet apart from each other. By combining all the elements above along with measuring out six feet between people will help flatten the curve and reduce chances of spreading the coronavirus.

These guidelines can help anyone in the following sectors:

  • Essential Businesses
  • Grocery Stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals, Emergency Departments
  • Manufacturers
  • Airport Security Lines
  • more…

We’re in this together. Please continue to follow the directions of the CDC, state and local authorities.

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We hope this helps. Please stay safe.

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