Beginning to unlock after a year of lockdowns

NHS Vaccination Centre Heathrow signage by Xpres

It is now 12 months since the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt and the first UK lockdown rules came into force.

As the restrictions of the third (and hopefully final) lockdown start to ease, XPress Group can look back at the work we have done over the past year with great pride – and begin looking forward to helping more of our clients as their businesses and organisations gradually ‘unlock’.

While continuing to service the more ‘usual’ design/print requirements of our clients (we have remained open, uninterrupted, throughout the pandemic), the signage part of our business has come into its own since March 2020.

Often with very short lead times and essential fast-turnaround requirements – coupled with the importance of ‘getting it right first time’ – our 30 years of experience has proved invaluable in these challenging times. With many clients working remotely, sometimes with reduced staffing levels, XPress Group have remained responsive and flexible throughout.

If it’s been in the news since March 2020 – social distancing, facemasks, PPE, ever-changing government rules and advice, COVID-19 testing, Brexit, COVID-19 vaccination, ‘red list’ countries quarantine, WFH, back-to-school, back-to-work – XPress Group have been involved in the response.

Some examples of this experience, responsiveness and professionalism are where XPress Group have been at the forefront of informative health and safety messaging to the public throughout the COVID-19 pandemic:

Social Distancing

Directional floor graphics, pop-up displays, A-boards, perspex screens, ‘COVID-safe’ stickers, branded face masks and PPE, counter-top displays, roller banners, indoor/outdoor posters, electronic signage, office graphics

  • Clients: various local and regional small businesses, SMEs and large corporates; civils and construction; local authorities; retail, restaurants and venues; schools
Social Distancing Floor Graphics
Keep your distance wobble board

COVID-19 Public Health Messaging

Over 1,000 posters, over 750 signs and freestanding monoliths and over 4,500,000 leaflets

  • Clients: Heathrow Airport, Public Health England, Border Force, Home Office, NHS
Heathrow Coronavirus PHE safety messaging
Manor Royal Digital Screens

COVID-19 Testing

Destination branding, digital highway signage, road signage, carpark signage, wayfinding and ‘wrapping’ of temporary/portable buildings

  • Clients: ExpressTest by Cignpost Diagnostics, Cube Modular at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports
Covid19 Xpress Test Gatwick Modular Units
Covid-19 Express Test Gatwick Graphics Installation


Immigration messaging, wayfinding, information posters, floor graphics and people flow systems

  • Clients: Border Force, Home Office, Heathrow Airport

‘Red-list’ Countries Arrivals Quarantine

Wayfinding, posters, information boards, passenger journey systems, floor graphics and portals

  • Clients: Border Force, Home Office
Red list countries paddle boards
Red list countries Tensator

COVID-19 Vaccination

Road signage, carpark signage, pavement signage, wayfinding, outdoor banners and large-format building signage

  • Client: NHS
NHS Vaccination Centre highway signage
NHS Vaccination Centre Car Park Signage

So it’s been quite a year!

It’s been a great source of pride for us that we’ve been able to serve our clients, uninterrupted throughout every twist and turn, across this extraordinary year. And we look forward to helping out further as things begin to unlock over the next few months:

Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):

  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place

Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart

Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

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