Social Distancing Wristbands
Our daily routines of work, school, activities, etc., were drastically affected as quarantining and face masks became commonplace. As state restrictions were mandated to further flatten the curve, we had to find manageable ways to adjust to our ‘new normal.’ Interestingly enough, one of those ways included using silicone wristbands to color code social distancing needs!
Throughout the pandemic, social distancing was put into practice to limit the Coronavirus from spreading as much as possible. While this was easier when lockdown measures were more globalized, many found it harder to navigate as the economy slowly started to reopen and constraints were lifted in phases. That’s where the idea for ‘traffic light-inspired’ wristbands as quick, visual indicators of someone’s comfort level during social interaction came into play! The concept was simple: similar to a stop and go light, wristbands in green, yellow, and red silicone were worn to signify and convey that person’s social distancing preferences. For example:
- A green color-coded wristband typically meant that person was okay with being approached at shorter distances, possibly less than 6’. Some green bands also specified if an individual was fine with direct physical contact such as handshakes or hugs.
- A yellow color-coded wristband typically meant that person was cautious and preferred their space respected at a minimum distance of 6’. Some yellow bands also specified if more indirect physical contact was welcome, like an elbow bump or air high-five.
- A red color-coded wristband typically meant that person was being extra vigilant and preferred more than 6’ of space- no direct contact, no exceptions.
The ‘green, yellow, red’ stoplight-inspired system is universal and thus made the most sense for this specific purpose. However, as the concept gained momentum, many found that the colors of the bands themselves didn’t matter as much as the design used. So long as the wristbands were imprinted, debossed, or embossed with the messaging most conducive to the social distancing preferences, then any silicone bracelet color could be employed! This was an especially popular option for couples getting married; they would often match the bands to their wedding scheme, and then guests would keep their bracelet as a sentimental wedding favor! Educational institutions also opted to go this route by selecting bands that coincided with their school or university colors. This way, students, staff, and visitors alike could express their school spirit while still feeling safe & secure.