COVID-19 has led to a new norm of social distancing that will no doubt play a major role in how we gather at events in the coming months and years.
As worship congregations slowly return, it’s likely that many of these venues will make efforts to adapt their settings to accommodate new social spacing requirements and requests.
Some examples of future design and staging requirements may include:
- Temporary platforms, ramps or stairs in worship halls to be used to help setup and separate members from each other and perhaps create tiered levels of viewing.
- Future design considerations may require chairs/pews to be spaced out, perhaps by including a small table or insert between seats to help space out guest seating.
- New or increased demand for camera platforms. Often services are recorded, and perhaps live streamed, but to space out camera operators, multiple camera sections may be needed.
- The installation of more barricades and/or guardrails to form lines and to help facilitate the number of people entering or exiting a building at one time. This may also help direct traffic toward specific identified entrance and exit doors.
- The use of more temporary and custom staging equipment, such as rolling stage platforms, risers and portable seating, that can be used to quickly redesign spaces as needed.
- Drum risers and other temporary staging equipment may be used more often to elevate speakers and presenters, musicians, and choirs during each service.
- Modular staging and seating arrangements may be setup outside to allow ample space for social distancing, while still allowing members to attend a service.
Key factors for staging and designing seating areas at venues will be flexibility and modularity. These non-permanent solutions will give architects, designers, building operators and facility managers the ability to install and test a solution and then change it later if needed. Flexible options also are less costly than a permanent solution that requires pouring concrete.
Staging Concepts is at the forefront of helping facilities reshape staging and seating design for the post-COVID era. For more information, visit www.stagingconcepts.com.