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Will all parks feature social distancing circles moving forward?

Green oases in New York, San Francisco and Toronto already boast the new trend.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

We're noticing new trends all around: face coverings are now part and parcel of our daily lives, curbside pickup has become the modus operandi of many food-related businesses and, now, social distancing circles in parks across the country seem to have become the new status quo.

The white circles, each one measuring about six feet, already dot New York's Domino Park, seven different San Francisco parks, Jardim das Ondas in Lisbon and Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto.

Given the efficacy of the physical markers, we wonder, could this be a new trend? Will parks all over the United States and beyond become hallmarks a what a successful, city-wide social distancing effort looks like?

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Of course, the circles are just one example of the many creative ways that city officials and designers alike have found to encourage folks to stay apart from each other in different situations. Physical cues already in place include crosses on the floor inside eateries, arrows directing patrons on how to move within a post office or other enclosed venues and more. In Maryland, for example, a restaurant employed the use of bumper tables to guarantee social distancing among diners while a German café's use of pool-noodle hats has made headlines all around the world. 

Design gurus have also moved beyond mere social distancing measures, rethinking the way certain aspects of everyday life have been carried forward until today. Their inventions include reimagined airplane seats, restaurant seatings, beach beds and movie theaters

Dare we say that we are excited to see what the future holds?

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