The psychology of physical distancing

Spatial distancing behaviour – how close people seek to be when they stand, sit and move together – varies between types of gatherings. In crowds in shopping centres and transport hubs, strangers normally seek to maintain personal space. In the crowds that attend some sports events, festivals and other music events, and some religious events, it is much more likely that strangers feel comfortable in very close proximity – and many will even seek out the most dense areas of a venue. ….[READ]