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How Tents Became Essential For All Businesses During A Pandemic

In unprecedented times, businesses everywhere are constantly finding ways to stay afloat and continue their work. Local and major establishments everywhere have taken steps to make their guest experience more accessible and comfortable for their visitors using one very specific step: tents.

A Wall Street Journal business article, “Taking Cover: Tents Are Hot Items as Businesses Reopen Outdoors,” emphasizes the importance of tents and canopies for businesses in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. As businesses attempt to keep up the workflow, they’ve taken to outdoor activities and setups or displays to keep their business as safe and available as possible.

As the demand for tents spikes, here are some ways industries have adapted their business to remain open during a pandemic. 


The public’s demand to indulge in their favorite foods has remained throughout every stage of the pandemic, forcing restaurants to immediately become adaptable. One way restaurants have done this is through the now well-known concept of “Curbside Pickup.”

Where curbside pickup became an only-option scenario for some restaurants, the dining industry has used curbside pickup tents for their outdoor setups. Custom tents have not only offer convenience and comfort for employees, but also visibility to restaurants that otherwise would struggle to stay in people’s minds.

Now, as restaurants in select regions are given the green light to open up their dining spaces, they’ve used tents to welcome and host visitors in outdoor dining spaces.


Online shopping was not affected during this pandemic. Retail stores and supermarkets took extra steps to make sure they’ve kept up with the demand.

Curbside pickup tents became popular in the retail, grocery, and wholesale markets. These displays provided accessible spaces to vulnerable or fearful customers and allowed them to continue their shopping with caution. Additionally, the use of custom displays allowed store managers to continue their work for the benefit of the store, their customers, and their team.


While schools might have been one of the first public-space locations to shut down, school districts and campuses have taken to using tents during this pandemic as well.

After growing concerns for underprivileged students that might rely on school-resourced lunches, many school districts decided to distribute their supply of lunches by organizing food drives. Custom tents sourced by either the school or local government became an essential tool for instructing lines of cars as well as providing shade to helpful volunteers and staff.


Medical tents became absolutely essential in every area of the field. In an attempt to serve all types of needs, tents were used from hospitals, emergency staffing, testing sites, screening tents, and more.

As the urgent demand for increased testing rose, drive-thru type tents became available as medical professionals built drive-thru testing sites from parking lots, convention centers, and outside hospital areas.

Isolation tents also served as medical units meant to serve highly impacted areas, particularly in cities that built Alternate Care Sites. These alternate care facilities built from arenas, convention centers or hotels made use of Negative Pressure Tents, where tents adapted into patient rooms. 

Medical tents also became outside aid units to help impacted hospitals or emergency aids. These quick-to-deploy tents became essential to the needs of both urgency and medical standards.

While tents are normally seen as useful to sporting events, trade shows, or other outdoor events, tents became an essential part of business strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether they served to keep a business visible, welcome guests, carry out curbside services, aid with social distancing, or offer a place for medical staff to ease crowded hospitals, tents proved to be a key item for business across many industries.


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