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  • People are beginning to accessorize at public gatherings and events to signal what kind of socializing they’re comfortable with.
  • Stickers and wristbands signify different levels of comfort in social interaction for the person wearing them.
  • For example, red signifying zero physical contact, yellow for interactions such as elbow bumps, and green to signify hugs were OK.

As an increasing number of people become vaccinated, the social dynamics of how to interact in public have become muddled at best, with many unsure as to who is comfortable with what levels of interaction, such as hugs and handshakes. Now, some are taking action through fashion to display their levels of comfort.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, people are beginning to accessorize at public gatherings and events to signal what kind of socializing they’re comfortable with.

Much like a stop light, accessories such as stickers and wristbands are being created in green, yellow, and red, each signifying a different level of comfort in social interaction for the person wearing them.


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For example, when Virginia’s Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce held an event, attendees received stickers to wear. Red signifying zero physical contact, yellow for interactions such as elbow bumps, and green to signify hugs were OK.

“The greens are just ready to party,” Chamber President Danielle Fitz-Hugh told WSJ.

As more and more businesses return to in-person work, employers such as Wintrust Financial Corp. in Rosemont, Ill., are using the trend in office to aid in the transition.

“It’s kind of cheesy,” said human resource manager Norah Larke, “but it sends the right message.”


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Published on Jun 11, 2021