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Why You Should Use Directional Flow Tapes for Social Distancing

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NADCO social distancing floor decals

In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other similar crises, one of the greatest defensive weapons is social distancing. The preventative strategy allows public figures and private citizens to help stop the spread of pathogens, reducing the number of affected people and, consequently, the strain on the healthcare system. While social isolation (i.e., completely isolating oneself from others) would likely be more effective than social distancing at minimizing and/or eliminating the rate of transmission, it is not a sustainable solution since day-to-day operations (e.g., working and food shopping) are still essential.

In essential businesses where contact with others is largely unavoidable (e.g., banks, grocery stores, and warehouses), many facility owners and managers are implementing social distancing measures to prevent unnecessary or excessive contact between people. For example, they are applying directional flow social distancing floor decals in their facility to help employees and customers abide by social distancing guidelines (i.e., a minimum of 6 feet where possible).

The following blog post provides an overview of directional flow tapes, outlining what they are, what benefits they offer social distancing applications, and what product capabilities are available at NADCO.


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What Are Directional Flow Tapes?

 NADCO social distancing floor decalsAs suggested by the name, directional flow tapes are tapes used to direct the flow of foot traffic. They generally feature a directional arrow and/or text (e.g., “ENTER”, “EXIT”, or “ONE WAY”). They are designed to be placed on the floor of the facility and positioned such that they point in the direction that traffic should proceed. For example, in grocery stores, they show customers where to enter, how to proceed through the store, and where to exit.

Benefits of Using Directional Flow Tapes for Social Distancing Applications

The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an increase in the importance of directional flow tape. Its main functions are maintaining order and organization within a facility and marking out a clear path for customers, both of which help enforce social distancing by keeping foot traffic separate and in motion. When used properly, it can lead to lower transmission rates and safer conditions for employees and customers.

Directional Flow Tapes From NADCO

At NADCO® Tape & Labels, we specialize in the design, manufacture, and delivery of custom pressure-sensitive tapes and labels. Equipped with over three decades of industry experience and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we have what it takes to produce adhesives tapes, labels, and other products for nearly any customer need. One of our core product offerings is directional flow arrow tape, which currently plays a critical role in the fight against COVID-19.

Our directional flow tape features an arrow that points in the direction of flow. It is made from a unique combination of liner and over-lamination materials that protect it against harsh facility conditions (e.g., heat and cold). Material options include aluminum, cloth, copper foil, foam, paper, polypropylene film, PVC film, and vinyl. It is also available in several standard colors and sizes (all of which comply with OSHA/ANSI requirements) and completely customizable to meet highly specific customer needs. While it is generally used on piping to indicate the flow of material, it can also be applied to facility floors to organize and control the flow of traffic for better compliance with social distancing guidelines.

Contact Us today to learn more about our directional flow tapes and how they can benefit your facility!