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Social Distancing Floor Signs

Need help? Need help? Do you know the social distancing requirements? Easy-to-Read, Long-Lasting Social Distancing Floor Signs

Some businesses have been able to operate throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, others are about to reopen and some will be planning to do so. Whatever stage your facility is at you are required by UK law to establish social distancing measures, such as with social distancing floor signs. These should be applied throughout the workplace because only a thorough approach can effectively manage the significant risk presented by COVID-19.

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Ensuring your business passes HSE checks

Signs can be placed in the entrance to your business to advise visitors that social distancing is being practiced. Inside, social distancing floor signs make it very clear for anyone to observe the ideal distance. In retail, trolley signs with a Keep Apart message encourage shoppers to comply, saving your staff the job of having to remind them. Using very bright, unambiguous, and visible floor signs not only maintains a healthier environment, but it also reassures your team and your customers that you are taking their safety seriously. Moreover, because the police, a local authority, or the HSE can arrive unannounced to check on your social distancing measures, it is essential to have all the right information clearly in place.

Selecting the most effective floor signs

We know you want to keep your business open and protect your staff at the same time. To ensure facilities can operate safely, we have different styles of social distance floor signs to suit the environment you are working with. In nurseries and schools, our Super Hero Social Distancing Instructional Stencils will hold children’s attention and are an economical choice as they can be reused multiple times.

In larger facilities, it is more of a challenge to organise a workforce because there is so much space to cover. Nevertheless, as the COVID-19 virus is an on-going situation, it’s important to keep gentle reminders in place. If you feel overwhelmed with the task ahead, consider buying a larger pack of floor marking signs, such as our Social Distancing - Floor Sign & Corner Floor Marking Kit which includes corner markings and tape. Practical action will ensure your business remains operational in these changing times.

How to use floor signs

Placing floor signs around the workplace in the right way encourages best practices and helps your team navigate through spaces more thoughtfully. The government website recommends “putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance”, but the actual positioning is left to individuals. Here are some general rules to bear in mind:

  • Keep social distancing floor signs clear, consistent and friendly. Footprint stickers for floors are a simple and familiar image which makes them an excellent choice.

  • Use signs to create the idea of a common purpose, our Social Distancing - For The Safety Of You And Others Rectangular Floor Sign is ideal.

  • Consider how floor signs can be used to assist colleagues rather than making them anxious, using tape to create directional arrows and walkway guides between areas is a great way of doing this.

  • Friendly reminders to wait or maintain a two-metre distance will ensure that returning workers adapt to changes quickly.

Social Distancing Signs for Schools

Social distancing in Schools may feel like an impossible task. Especially when there are large numbers of children per classroom. Plus, with winter not too far away, children will be staying inside more making social distancing even harder.

However, it is imperative that Schools follow the strict rules set out by the government. Otherwise, they risk serious legal implications.

Fortunately, we have everything you need to follow the rules and ensure that your staff and children are kept as safe as possible from coronavirus.

Our wide range of social distancing signs for Schools are designed especially for children so that they are fun and easy to read, whilst still encouraging the importance of social distancing.

However, we know that it’s not just inside Schools that children have to stick to the rules. Our social distancing signs are also suitable for use on public transport so that social distancing on School buses can still be adhered to.


What are the physical distancing requirements?

The physical distance between two people must be at least two metres, and because measurements can be difficult to judge by eye, feet stickers for floor placement and 'wait here' floor signs are vital. Signage informs people of the distance to be observed, and also reminds them of the need for diligence.

What obligation do I have to protect my employees?

According to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, every employer should “ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of all his employees”. This includes following guidance issued by the government, including guidance that relates to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Failure to comply with regulations on social distancing could leave you open to claims by employees.

How can I manage the health and safety of my team when they are at work?

These are trying times for employers but by carrying out risk assessments to identify and mitigate risks, you can put appropriate and effective measures in place. Communicating health and safety information and advising employees of the measures you have taken is essential, as are practical measures such as signs encouraging people to wash their hands more often, limiting the number of people in an office, and the use of footprint stickers for floors.

Is it practical to limit movement around the workplace?

When fewer people are walking from place to place, it’s easier to maintain social distancing. Simple steps to achieve this include using floor tape to restrict access to certain areas, having a one-way system throughout the building, and reducing the rotation of jobs.

To ensure that you have all the products you need to keep your staff safe from coronavirus, read our guide on Coronavirus Infection Control.