Coronavirus: Social distancing in public spaces

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New guidance published to help social distancing in public spaces

The Department for Communities has issued guidance for operators of urban centres and green spaces on how they could achieve social distancing and protect those using their venues.

The guidance covers issues such as face coverings, cleaning, hygiene and social distancing, and outlines measures and interventions which may be necessary to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The guidance is mainly intended for owners and operators of public places including but not limited to:

  • management companies
  • commercial landlords responsible for public places
  • local councils and town/city centre managers
  • landowners

It will also be of use to the owners of hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes proposing to use outdoor spaces close to their buildings to maximise their trade while ensuring the safety of their staff and customers.

The guidance will help them identify and plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions that may be necessary to operate safely in line with social distancing measures and the restrictions in place.

Find COVID-19 guidance for urban centres and green spaces.

This guidance should be considered alongside other relevant public health and safety requirements, including those on workplace safety and social distancing.


First published 30 June 2020