Temporary Crowd Control Solutions

March 25, 2020

With the ever-changing situation being faced by Canadians, it has become necessary for us all to adjust the way we socialize, conduct business, and generally live our lives. There has been a significant shift towards requirements for controlling access points and crowds. At Modu-Loc, this means we have seen increased demand for temporary crowd control solutions.

“Social distancing” is a term we are all hearing often, and it has become an integral part of keeping people safe in these uncertain times. In some instances, such as in the retail sector, we are seeing companies taking the initiative to encourage social distancing. There are several examples, from installing temporary fence to create designated routes into stores to using tape to mark appropriate physical distance at checkouts.

Even municipalities are implementing measures to better enforce social distancing. For instance, crowd control barriers are being used to block off parks and other public gathering spaces to eliminate large crowds. These strict measures are critical in times like these, when limiting direct contact is our best tool to prevent community spread of diseases.

Modu-Loc is already being asked to supply and install temporary enclosures and crowd control measures like these. Thanks to our expertise and range of different crowd control options, we are able to tackle almost any situation where crowd control or mitigation is required. To help you select the best temporary crowd control solution for your requirements, here is a round-up of our available options:

Standard Fence Panels

Temporary steel fencing surrounds a playground in a public park

Our standard temporary fence panels are professionally engineered for strength and durability to provide the highest level of security in the rental fence industry. Constructed with steel and heavy gauge welded wire mesh, these panels are built to last. The bases may be anchored to concrete or asphalt for extra stability, while the interlocking steel caps ensure alignment and overall stability. Our standard panels may be integrated into any one of our specialized solutions – such as our concrete block ballast system – for added safety and security.

Available in lengths of 5′ and 10′, and heights of 4′, 6′, and 8′, our standard green fence panels suit a wide range of applications. They are an ideal solution for protecting members of the public from certain areas and sites.

Suggested Applications:

  • Perimeter fencing for construction sites
  • Park enclosure

Black VIP

Black picket fencing is used to create entrance and exit chutes outside a big box retailer

Our premium black fence panels create a temporary system that effectively manages the access and flow of attendees and customers.  These panels are made of black powder-coated steel, and provide an attractive solution for crowd control. Often used for special events, this solution is seeing widespread adoption throughout the retail sector.

Suggested Application:

  • Delineation of queues
  • Creation of “chutes” to manage flow of shoppers at retail store entrances and exits
  • Crowd control for retail spaces

Silver Crowd Barrier

Silver crowd control barricades create queues into an outdoor event space

Galvanized steel crowd control barricades are ideal for clients requiring an attractive and effective option for managing pedestrian traffic. Unlike some of our other options, the bases for our silver crowd barrier are attached to the panels. This makes them an ideal temporary crowd control solution, as they’re fast and easy to set up and relocate as required.

Suggested Applications:

  • Delineation of queues
  • Creation of “chutes” to manage flow of shoppers at retail store entrances and exits
  • Crowd control for retail spaces

Delineators with Rubber Base

Two parallel rows of high-visibility delineators form a temporary designated pathway for pedestrians

Our high-visibility delineators are a quick, simple, and inexpensive solution for crowd control. Delineators have looped tops which can accommodate rope or caution tape – creating a highly mobile yet effective temporary barrier.

Suggested Application:

  • Quick temporary crowd control in a public space


This, too, shall pass…but before it does, crowd control and social distancing measures will likely become the norm. We see this trend lasting for months, not weeks, in order to prevent transmission and recurrence. Adding the proper measures and leveraging crowd control solutions is the responsible thing to do. The short-term inconvenience of social distancing is worth the long-term positive impact it has on the safety of the public.

Author: Stephani Hnetinka

Stephani is a Marketing Assistant who has been working with Modu-Loc Fence Rentals since 2018. She enjoys writing about construction, and loves anything and everything to do with temporary fencing solutions.

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