The battle with COVID-19 is far from over. Although lockdown restrictions have eased across the UK, lockdowns on a local level have already happened, and more are likely. Opinions vary across the board on the practicalities of the easing of social distancing rules; some businesses welcome the easing of the rules whilst others by their very nature may have to continue practicing safe social distancing for the foreseeable future.

Social distancing is an area where fencing could play an important role – and in fact, is already doing so. Retailers and public spaces are using temporary measures and barriers to restrict numbers and control the flow of visitors, but in some cases more permanent measures may need to be employed.

Here we look at some of the sectors impacted by social distancing, and how fencing could have an impact.

Schools

The logistics and practicalities of children returning to school have been widely discussed and debated. It’s here that fencing could provide a range of benefits; creating separate areas for sports, play and learning. This can work at multiple levels, whether fencing is used to prevent different age groups from coming into contact with each other, or to segregate students into smaller learning bubbles. Outdoor classrooms are becoming more popular, and fencing can be used to facilitate this. Timber fencing provides a welcoming aesthetic, with a range of styles and heights available to suit different purposes. Solid panels can create private, enclosed areas, free from distraction, while slatted panels can provide a light and airy space.

Around play areas, it's important to choose fencing that's welcoming and non-intrusive, and allows teachers to supervise at a distance that encourages independent play. Safety should be reflected in the fencing chosen, and fences with anti-trap features, safe fixings, and quality materials are suitable for play areas. Anti-Trap Bow Top Fencing can be polyester powder coated, providing a bright, glossy finish that won't crack or chip, while Playtime® Timber has planed pales to minimise the risk of splinters, and can also be painted to provide a colourful fence.

Sports pitches and MUGAs present additional considerations. Scheduling sports activities can play a role in social distancing by timing usage of facilities to restrict contact between groups, but keeping these areas physically separate also reduces the risk of sports equipment and balls going astray. Sports equipment may also need to be quarantined before being re-used, something that can be facilitated by the installation of lockable storage compounds.

School start times are likely to continue to be staggered in September, which brings its own set of challenges. Automated gates or intercoms could be used to restrict access to the school between drop off or collection times, and separate gates should be designated for entrances and exits.

Theme parks, zoos and public attractions

With social distancing increasing the length of queues and visitor flow becoming pertinent, it’s likely that public attractions will need to implement one-way systems to reduce the frequency of people crossing paths.

There may be a need to dynamically adjust the flows of people at any given time – an attraction or exhibit may see a surge in popularity or conversely, may need to be closed. Pedestrian guardrails are a good choice for these situations.

Click VISIT SUPPLIER WEBSITE below for more details.


The battle with COVID-19 is far from over. Although lockdown restrictions have eased across the UK, lockdowns on a local level have already happened, and more are likely. Opinions vary across the board on the practicalities of the easing of social distancing rules; some businesses welcome the easing of the rules whilst others by their very nature may have to continue practicing safe social distancing for the foreseeable future.

Social distancing is an area where fencing could play an important role – and in fact, is already doing so. Retailers and public spaces are using temporary measures and barriers to restrict numbers and control the flow of visitors, but in some cases more permanent measures may need to be employed.

Here we look at some of the sectors impacted by social distancing, and how fencing could have an impact.

Schools

The logistics and practicalities of children returning to school have been widely discussed and debated. It’s here that fencing could provide a range of benefits; creating separate areas for sports, play and learning. This can work at multiple levels, whether fencing is used to prevent different age groups from coming into contact with each other, or to segregate students into smaller learning bubbles. Outdoor classrooms are becoming more popular, and fencing can be used to facilitate this. Timber fencing provides a welcoming aesthetic, with a range of styles and heights available to suit different purposes. Solid panels can create private, enclosed areas, free from distraction, while slatted panels can provide a light and airy space.

Around play areas, it's important to choose fencing that's welcoming and non-intrusive, and allows teachers to supervise at a distance that encourages independent play. Safety should be reflected in the fencing chosen, and fences with anti-trap features, safe fixings, and quality materials are suitable for play areas. Anti-Trap Bow Top Fencing can be polyester powder coated, providing a bright, glossy finish that won't crack or chip, while Playtime® Timber has planed pales to minimise the risk of splinters, and can also be painted to provide a colourful fence.

Sports pitches and MUGAs present additional considerations. Scheduling sports activities can play a role in social distancing by timing usage of facilities to restrict contact between groups, but keeping these areas physically separate also reduces the risk of sports equipment and balls going astray. Sports equipment may also need to be quarantined before being re-used, something that can be facilitated by the installation of lockable storage compounds.

School start times are likely to continue to be staggered in September, which brings its own set of challenges. Automated gates or intercoms could be used to restrict access to the school between drop off or collection times, and separate gates should be designated for entrances and exits.

Theme parks, zoos and public attractions

With social distancing increasing the length of queues and visitor flow becoming pertinent, it’s likely that public attractions will need to implement one-way systems to reduce the frequency of people crossing paths.

There may be a need to dynamically adjust the flows of people at any given time – an attraction or exhibit may see a surge in popularity or conversely, may need to be closed. Pedestrian guardrails are a good choice for these situations.

Click VISIT SUPPLIER WEBSITE below for more details.


 
 
 
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