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Table 1 Classification of SF areas based on crowding

From: COVID-19 crisis, safe reopening of simulation centres and the new normal: food for thought

Class Denomination Description Example Recommendations
A Walk-through areas Areas where people will pass through without stopping Hallway, lobby, parking lot Consider creating one-way routes
B Short stay areas Areas where people can only stop briefly, 15 min at the most Hall, toilet room Consider placing physical distancing footprint floor signs in waiting areas
C Prolonged stay areas where adequate physical distancing can be maintained Areas where people are expected to stay for longer than 15 min, even several hours Offices, classrooms, debriefing rooms, control rooms It is mandatory to wear surgical face masks and to observe physical distancing. Shoe covers might be considered. These areas should also be adequately ventilated.
D Prolonged stay areas where adequate physical distancing cannot be maintained Areas where people are expected to stay for longer than 15 min, even several hours Advanced simulation rooms, laboratories with task trainers It is essential to wear other protective devices (e.g. gloves, goggles or visors, waterproof gowns) besides surgical face masks. All environmental surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each simulation scenario. Rooms should also be adequately ventilated
E Gathering areas Indoor or outdoor areas where large groups of people are expected to gather in limited spaces Main entrance, reception desk, toilet room entrance elevator, stamping area It is essential to avoid gatherings whenever possible. Potential strategies include staggered entries, staff shift review, etc.
F Gathering areas where the use of PPE is not mandatory Areas where people are expected to stay to eat and drink, not wearing face masks Lounge area, canteen Packed lunches could be provided or attendees could be encouraged to bring their own lunch to be consumed outdoors or in the classroom.