Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places - urban centres and green spaces

Guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres and green spaces to help social distancing.

This guidance provides the owners and operators of public spaces with information and examples of measures that may be undertaken to adapt and manage public spaces in order to help social distancing.

This guidance applies in England only and does not impose any legal obligations.

  1. Download this guidance Full PDF version of the guidance.
  2. 1. Introduction Summary of the guidance and how to use it.
  3. 2. Principles for safe urban centres and green spaces Guidance on social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and communications can be found below.
  4. 3. Identification of issues in urban centres and green spaces Using the latest government advice on social distancing, this decision tree sets out a process to identify issues and interventions for maintaining social distancing in urban centres and green spaces.
  5. 4. Management of urban centres When considering the steps set out in chapter 3, owners and operators are advised to consider the common issues and temporary interventions that have been identified for urban centres.
  6. 5. Management of green spaces When applying the decision tree, owners and operators are advised to consider the common issues and temporary interventions that have been identified for green spaces. Common issues outlined in this chapter include managing high footfall and restricted entry and exit points. It also suggests potential interventions to these issues from signage to floor markings and widening of footpaths.
  7. 6. Additional communication, technology and regulatory considerations In considering the design interventions, owners and operators should also take account of signing and communications, opportunities through technology and regulatory considerations.
  8. 7. Appendix Definitions and links to further information.