Rethinking Design: How to make leisure and hospitality safe – and fun

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Analysis: How will the leisure sector adapt to post-covid restrictions while satisfying our craving for excitement and social interaction? Debika Ray reports

Rethinking design series: Leisure and hospitality

After a year of absorbing culture, entertainment and social interaction through our screens, many of us are straining to re-enter the real world. Others will be more cautious, wary of closed spaces and crowds. For them, and for the sake of preventing a further spike in coronavirus infections, businesses operating in the leisure sector will need to provide reassurance: better ventilation, more space and the ability to manage numbers will be crucial when the time comes to reopen.

With these considerations, they will need to balance their commercial needs, operate within an uncertain economic climate – as the impact of the past year translates into redundancies, budget cuts and closures – and adjust to the new patterns of work and travel that we have fallen into during successive lockdowns.

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