Coronavirus guidance for managing public spaces - urban centres and green spaces

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance on creating and maintaining safer urban centres and green spaces in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It helps owners and operators of public spaces to plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions that will be needed to keep people safe as restrictions on leaving home are gradually reduced.

The guidance helps identify issues associated with the need for physical distancing in public places, focusing primarily on areas which are likely to have high footfall. These include but are not limited to:

  • Urban centres such as high streets, transport hubs and shopping areas
  • Greenspaces such as urban and suburban parks, burial grounds and cemeteries

It also includes examples of practical, temporary interventions for adapting and managing public places during the pandemic.

Topics include:

  • Principles for safe urban centres and green spaces
  • Identifying issues in urban centres and green spaces
  • Management of urban centres
  • Active travel and mobility
  • Management of green spaces
  • Additional communication, technology and regulatory considerations

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guidance is primarily for owners and operators of public places, including but not limited to:

  • Local authorities and town/city centre managers
  • Landowners
  • Commercial landlords responsible for public places
  • Management companies

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance covers external public spaces and is not intended for indoor shopping centres and malls.

The guidance applies in Scotland only and does not impose any legal obligations.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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