The COVID-19 pandemic flipped our world upside down in 2020. Our daily routines of work, school, activities, etc., were drastically affected as quarantining and face masks became commonplace. As state restrictions were mandated to further flatten the curve, we had to find manageable ways to adjust to our ‘new normal.’ Interestingly enough, one of those ways included using silicone wristbands to color code social distancing needs!
Green Yellow Red Covid Wristbands: Stop and Go Wristbands
Throughout the pandemic, social distancing was put into practice to limit the Coronavirus from spreading as much as possible. While this was easier when lockdown measures were more globalized, many found it harder to navigate as the economy slowly started to reopen and constraints were lifted in phases. That's where the idea for 'traffic light-inspired' wristbands as quick, visual indicators of someone’s comfort level during social interaction came into play! The concept was simple: similar to a stop and go light, wristbands in green, yellow, and red silicone were worn to signify and convey that person’s social distancing preferences. For example:
- A green color-coded wristband typically meant that person was okay with being approached at shorter distances, possibly less than 6’. Some green bands also specified if an individual was fine with direct physical contact such as handshakes or hugs. Sometimes these wristbands are also called social distance hug bracelets.
- A yellow color-coded wristband typically meant that person was cautious and preferred their space respected at a minimum distance of 6’. Some yellow bands also specified if more indirect physical contact was welcome, like an elbow bump or air high-five.
- A red color-coded wristband typically meant that person was being extra vigilant and preferred more than 6’ of space- no direct contact, no exceptions.
The 'green, yellow, red' stoplight-inspired system is universal and thus made the most sense for this specific purpose. However, as the concept gained momentum, many found that the colors of the bands themselves didn't matter as much as the design used. So long as the wristbands were imprinted, debossed, or embossed with the messaging most conducive to the social distancing preferences, then any silicone bracelet color could be employed!
This was an especially popular option for couples getting married; they would often match the bands to their wedding scheme, and then guests would keep their bracelet as a sentimental wedding favor! This was perfect because not only was everyone staying safe, but they also didn't have to wear a red, yellow, green bracelets for social distancing considering they would use the colors of the wedding.
Educational institutions also opted to go this route by selecting bands that coincided with their school or university colors. This way, students, staff, and visitors alike could express their school spirit while still feeling safe & secure. Red yellow green social distancing bracelets would through off the school sprit of the school if those were not their colors.
Covid Wristbands for Weddings, Events, and Parties
Covid wedding wristbands (social distancing wristbands red yellow green) were already mentioned briefly above, but social distancing wristbands are an important tool for brides, grooms, and their guests to use during parties, events, wedding ceremonies, and receptions. A wedding is a usually a large party that brings together people of all ages. It is a special occassion that doesn't happen often, making it difficult for someone to decline the invitation, especially if they are close to the guests of honor. The red yellow green colored wristbands help wedding guests and party goers feel at ease. Those that are uncomfortable with direct contact can still attend the event or wedding by selecting a red band. These wristbands easily identify their comfort level of interaction so other guests know what is acceptable - hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, or waving.
If couples don't want to use red green yellow wristbands, then they can select wristbands in their wedding colors and add customized text to indicate comfort levels. In addition, the wristbands can include the couples names or initials along with their wedding date. Guests can keep the wristbands as a party favor.
Social Distancing Wristband Customization
Silicone wrist bracelets can be personalized and ordered from our website within minutes, but if you have a custom request that you can’t achieve via our online design tool (ex: multiple ink colors or specific Pantones [PMS], varying width measurements, precise formatting/placement of artwork, etc.), our Wristband Resources Customer Service Team is here and ready to assist. They can be reached directly via telephone (888-256-0816), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or LiveChat, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST!