One of the most important rules in the fight against COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 is to keep your distance. The distances are to be kept almost everywhere. Which distance this should be varies from country to country...1 meter, 1.5 meter or 2 meter.

In our daily lives we often have to wait for something. The entrance to a shop, to the outdoor swimming pool, at the supermarket cash desk, the toilets, etc. And as soon as more people have to wait for something, a queue develops.

A reasonable measure to make it easier for waiting people to keep their distance are distance markings. With this visual assistance, people who wait in a queue can easily determine whether they are keeping the necessary distance. But at what distances must these markings be applied? Simply placing the middle of two markers at a distance of 1 meter, 1.5 meter or 2 meter leads to the wrong result as the body circumference of the persons is not taken into account (and the people are standing then too close).

Under the assumption that the distance should be the inside width, the distances to be maintained for markings can be calculated quite easily (as long as the average body circumference is known).

To make your work easier I have already created a pdf with the correct distances for 1 meter, 1.5 meter and 2 meter (both to the front and to the side). You can download it for free - just fill in the form below. You will then receive the download link directly into your email box.

Fill out the form below and receive a free pdf with the necessary distances.

About The Author

Martin Bardy MA, BEd, BA, MBA is an expert in Crowd Management and Event Safety. He completed the studies "Crowd Safety Management" at Buckinghamshire University (UK) with the highest distinction "First-class honours" as best in class and "Sports and Event Management" at the Danube University Krems.

He is an independent consultant for Event Safety, Crowd Management, Emergency Planning and Crow Flow Simulations. He advises festivals, music, sports and traditional events, event locations, architects and shopping centers. Since 2014 he has been teaching Event Safety and Crowd Management at various universities, universities of applied sciences and private educational institutions.

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