retractable belt crowd-control stanchions?
It was argued by liturgical "experts" that the altar rails separate the actions of the clergy from the congregation and so makes the congregation excluded from the liturgical celebration and since Vatican II called for "full, active and conscious participation," they saw the altar rails as a symbol that barres the congregation from fully participating with the clergy in the liturgy. The altar rails, they said, had to go.
Comparing ornate altar rails with crowd-control stanchions, which one gives more of the impression of "OFF LIMITS?"
Why not just restore the ornate altar rails?