To get back to pre-pandemic levels of traffic on escalators and walkways, businesses and transport infrastructure companies must prove to the public that it is safe to touch escalator handrails even though many thousands may have touched the handrail recently.
How many people do you know that are reluctant to hold onto handrails? If you are at a busy location observe how many are NOT holding on to the handrails. Avoidance of infections may actually cause more accidents and injury by falls from not holding on.
Double bad news for business who are struggling to get back to pre-pandemic numbers.
Current methods are inadequate to rise to the new challenges of getting the world’s populations back into offices, buildings, venues and using mass transit, encountering escalators and walkways in the journey.
If more people don't restart using escalators and moving walkways with the confidence we had before, businesses and vital infrastructure could face profound consequences.