One of the most important rules in the fight against COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 is to keep your distance.

Since keeping distance is directly linked to space requirement and density of people, the question arises:

How much space does a person need to maintain the minimum distance?

The answer to this question depends strongly on the calculation variant. Many organizers currently use the so-called checkerboard pattern as a calculation variant.

First of all, I would like to recommend to everyone not to use the checkerboard pattern (unless there is enough space available). This variant does not take the natural form of a human into account. There is a different calculation method which, compared to the "checkerboard pattern" variant, allows ≈ 14% more visitors (of course in compliance with the specified minimum distance).

To make your work easier I have already created a pdf with the different calculation variants. In this Pdf you will find the required area and possible crowd densities while keeping a distance of 1 meter, 1.5 meter as well as 2 meters. You can download this pdf free of charge - please just fill in the form below.

Simply fill out the form below and receive a free pdf with the space requirements and possible crowd densities.

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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