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First things first, Work out maximum density
Start with a floor plan and indicate using the 2 meter guidelines which workstations, meeting rooms or communal spaces can be occupied and by how many at any one time. (Cargo interiors design team is best placed to help our clients in this area). This will determine your capacity per day. Shift patterns may be introduced to limit the maximum quantity, groups may start earlier and finish when new groups arrive for their ‘shift’.
Each company will have a different set of protocols and will adapt and implement them in a different way however there are shared physical attributes to any office environment for example the following likely scenarios may require a physical solution.
In arriving at a maximum density for any given office on a given day based on the 2 meter rule it is clear that not all workstations can remain in use at any one time given the historical planning regimes and drive to maximise capacity. These workstations cannot be removed or re- orientated easily and therefore the first approach can be through signage to indicate they are not to be used. Secondly the power and data systems can be disabled and chairs removed to avoid use. Redundant workstations were it is practical to do so could be removed and re-used in re-tasked space to form a higher density e.g. meeting furniture removed and replaced with workstations from the open plan, collaboration booths can be removed and replaced with desking in the short term.
Finally workstations which are in a planning regime that is closer than 2 meters could be altered to form a more cubicle approach, a physical barrier made from easy to clean materials such as glass or plastic could be introduced between employees either laterally or in a face to face condition to limit droplet transmission.