How You Can Implement Safety Guidelines Without Compromising Your Business
COVID-19 has had a heavy impact on many aspects of our lives. In order to protect our economy and livelihoods it’s important that businesses find a way to safely resume operations.
It’s possible to operate your business without compromising its quality when utilizing government guidelines. The general population is now more aware of public hygiene and, while this pandemic will come to an end, should we ever be struck down again by such a crisis it would be cost-and-time-effective for businesses to already have helpful measures in place.
Here are some quick ideas for how you can do so.
Businesses are encouraged to provide six feet of distance between all parties, whether inside or out. Many businesses have opted for disposable or magnetic floor stickers, but these are unsightly and can jeopardize the overall atmosphere.
Establishments which ask their patrons to wait in line outdoors, or those whose services operate outdoors, can redesign their outdoor space to have six feet markers that are aesthetically pleasing. This could be achieved with large paving slabs that are separated by a recess filled with stones, or any other design which naturally encourages people to stand six feet apart. Perhaps some shrubbery or flower beds could line a pathway, or a stylish rope fence. Features such as these can be timeless and serve well in both normal circumstances and times of crises.
Converting a small, intimate area into an open plan space is one of the simplest ways to adhere to the safety guidelines outlined by the Georgia government, whether it’s a parking lot, dining area, or garden.
You can look at your outdoor space as a whole and examine the possible ways its features can be arranged to most effectively follow guidelines: providing a wider space without compromising the efficiency of services. In the example of outdoor dining, this can be made possible by spacing out the tables as much as is reasonably possible, introducing a specific one-way path to be used by servers, and a separate one-way path for patrons to make their way to and from the restroom. This will avoid unnecessary routes in which people cross each other.
Where people are going to be gathered for a significant period of time it would be effective to place partitions for privacy. Nobody wants to feel confined and be surrounded by an unsightly tall fence while they dine or enjoy a drink. However, people do appreciate a little privacy from the majority when trying to enjoy time with family or friends.
Attractive features, such as a modest fence draped in flowers or tall shrubbery, can provide privacy without creating an uncomfortable environment. This means that customers can enjoy a more intimate atmosphere for their individual party while also minimising their contact with surrounding customers.
If you’d like to adapt your business’ outdoor space to accommodate any of the COVID-19 safety guidelines, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Origin Landscape Architecture.