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Social Distancing Floor Marking: Frequently Asked Questions and Recommendations

Q. How can I implement social distancing in my grocery store?

You can take several steps to implement social distancing in your grocery store. Consider reducing the number of employees working at a time with alternate day working and/or shift rotation. You may also install social distancing signs for stores to remind people about wearing masks and maintaining distance as well as to limit the number of customers in the store at a time. Another way to limit contact is by using touchless payment options if possible, or sanitizing hands and card machines after handling money and cards. You should maintain an adequate supply of hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and face masks. Another effective way to implement physical distancing is by installing social distancing floor markers that let people know the direction of the traffic flow, where they should stand, and the practices they should follow.

Q. What can employers do to enforce social distancing in workshops and warehouses?

In addition to modifying employment policies by adopting staggered or rotating shifts and altering the establishment layout, employers can reinforce their social distancing measures with the help of physical barriers and visual communication. Physical barriers such as countertop or desktop sneeze guard partitions lessen employee proximity and also restrict the path of respiratory droplets. Visual communication tools such as signage, floor decals, and distance markers such as arrows, strips, footprints, and tapes let employees know how far away they must be from each other to limit the risk of spread.
Please refer to the CDC guidelines for employers for more details and information on safe business operations.

Q. What precautions should one take when shopping for daily needs?

Before going out to shop for daily needs, it is advisable to consider if the items can be ordered online or on phone or and delivered to home or picked up from the curbside. When going out, you should check the social distancing and safety measures the store has adopted. Wear a mask at all times and carry things like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
Avoid going out during peak business hours and maintain the six-feet distance from others (the floor markers in the store will help you do this). Carry clean reusable shopping bags if possible and remember to disinfect the shopping cart. Refrain from touching products you don’t intend to buy and tasting samples. Opt for touchless payment where possible and sanitize your hands after handling money and cards. It is also important to follow appropriate hygiene practices when unpacking the purchased items at home. Please read these CDC guidelines for more details.

Q. How efficient are visual tools in promoting social distancing?

Visual tools are easily one of the most effective tools to implement and enforce social distancing. Their widespread applicability, variety, and efficiency in communicating safety policies as well as ensuring compliance make them such a popular choice. From signs to floor markers and die-cut glass decals, social distancing visual tools are easy to install and available in a range of customizable options.

Q. Are there any Covid-19 specific guidelines or regulations for factories?

Yes, both CDC and OSHA have issued detailed guidance for the manufacturing industry. These guidelines focus on the usual social distancing measures including maintaining physical distance, wearing masks, and practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene.
These also recommend modifying the employment policies to make them more worker-friendly, manage absenteeism, and limit the risk of spread. Additionally, it is advised to make changes to the layout in the operations floor as well as in offices and breakrooms by rearranging furniture, installing barriers, limiting the number and use of shared resources, improving ventilation, etc.
The CDC has divided these measures into administrative controls and engineering controls, and has also stressed the importance of communicating with and training employees and workers to ensure transparency and policy awareness as well as securing their participation in limiting the risk of spread.