Social Distancing

Social Distancing in Learning Environments

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves around us and our attempts to resume a more normal way of life, proper social distancing in shared spaces is proving to be one of our best tools for slowing the spread of the virus. In some instances, adjusting our habits and practices to maintain that distance is relatively easy—most outdoor businesses/activities/gathering places, for example. Indoor gatherings, though, pose a bigger challenge. This is especially true of highly social functions conducted with a purposeful degree of closeness in mind, and perhaps none embody this more than instructional gatherings and spaces. School buildings, yoga classrooms, meditation centers, and any other places where humans come together to learn to pose unique challenges for maintaining social distance. 

One of the most substantial hurdles is the design's typical of instructional spaces. In short, we’re used to packing as many students and instructors as we can into the smallest possible amount of space. These rooms and buildings are designed to give everyone one or two feet of personal space, not six. In meditation centers and yoga classes, the solution might be as simple as reducing the capacity of the mostly empty room so that the occupants can spread out adequately. But in spaces with fixed and semi-fixed furniture, and/or those that need to accommodate a certain number of people, distancing can be harder. It might require setting up temporary furnishings like moveable seating and/or barriers. 

Of course, a popular solution to these issues has been to eschew the shared physical space and go virtual instead. It certainly makes it easier to maintain proper social distance in our own homes, after all. But our homes often lack the specialty equipment that schools and learning centers have. Moreover, our homes generally don’t have ideal learning or working areas; exercise classes might be relegated to a basement or garage (or living room after a small moving session), while academic pursuits are relegated to kitchen tables and couches. As the need to carry on from a distance grows, though, more people are investing in small amenities to make their experiences more comfortable. 

If you find your home or organization in need of practical, comfortable seating to help maintain social distance, consider BackJack chairs. They’re light, easily moved and stored, and built to last right here in the United States. If you have a need for new or expanded seating, don’t hesitate to contact the customer service experts at