Guidance for Urban Centres and Green Spaces (COVID-19)

Date published: 29 June 2020

Last updated: 29 April 2021

The below document and the guidance within it have been updated as of 20 April 2021 to include reference to the latest Coronavirus Restrictions legislation; additional potential interventions that could support social distancing and reference to provision of additional public toileting facilities and the utilisation of ambassadors/marshals/stewards or their equivalent to aid compliance with COVID-19 public health measures, including social distancing requirements.  

This guidance focuses on the design principles for safer urban centres and green spaces. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 impose temporary statutory restrictions, including on the use of certain premises and public outdoor spaces, and are under constant review by the Department of Health.


This guidance contains information on assessing possible issues and provides some examples of interventions that may be undertaken by the owners and operators of public spaces to keep people safer as and when the restrictions are relaxed and these places become busier. It is intended to enable them to plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions that will be needed as the restrictions on staying at home are gradually reduced and we move through the stages of the NI Executive’s Moving Forward: Pathway out of Restrictions.

This guidance has been prepared on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive.

This guidance applies in Northern Ireland only.

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