Summary Of The Guidance And How To Use It

Summary of the guidance and how to use it.

The guidance provided on this website has been collated based on various advisory documents and best practice examples across multiple industries. 

The main source of information has come from the UK Government guidance document Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places – urban centres and green spaces.  To date this is the most comprehensive guidance document.

This website contains information and examples of interventions that may be undertaken by the owners and operators of public spaces to keep people safe as and when the restrictions are relaxed and urban spaces become busier. 

OnePlan has made available a suite of planning tools on a global mapping platform to support owners and operators of public spaces.  These include:

  1. Social Distancing Crowd Density Calculator - This tool enables users to measure any area and calculate how many people could fit in the space whilst maintaining a set distance between each person. This provides an indicative maximum capacity of the space which may need to be reduced once  circulation and queueing is factored in. The calculator provides high level data to inform social distancing risk assessments and planning.

    Within the dropdown menu of the Social Distancing Calculator multiple design ideas for social distancing.  These covering queues and viewing areas and take account of groups standing together. 

  2. Arrival Calculator – This tool allows users to instantly calculate the wait time and the physical space required to manage queues at the entrance to an event, retail or venue; based on a predicted attendee arrival profile. A social distancing field has been added to allow you to factor in the government recommended distancing measures and calculate the impact on wait time and physical space required.

  3. Exit Calculator – This tool allows you to estimate the duration of egress from your event or venue based on the number of exits, their widths and number of pedestrians. A COVID-19 social distancing field has been added to allow you to factor in the government recommended distancing measures and calculate the impact on exit duration. This provides robust data to support planning for exit operations from your event or venue.

The Social Distancing Suppliers Directory lists companies who are able to supply services and products to support social distancing planning and operations.  These include suppliers of:

  • Signage and wayfinding

  • Floor markings

  • Stewarding and security workforce

  • Crowd barriers

  • Social Distancing apps and technology

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

  • local councils and town/city centre managers

  • landowners

  • commercial landlords responsible for public places

  • management companies

Social Distancing Planner provides a framework for identifying the issues associated with the use of public places in light of the need for social distancing. It focuses primarily on areas, which are likely to have high-footfall. It also includes practical interventions, which are temporary, for adapting and managing public places.

It is intended to enable the owners and operators of public spaces to plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions that will be needed as the restrictions on leaving the home are gradually reduced.

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How to use this website and the social distancing tools

This website sets out guidance across the main types of places in urban and green spaces that should be assessed and adapted as necessary to operate safely in line with social distancing measures.

Each owner/operator is advised to translate the principles and examples in this guidance into the specific actions they need to take, and utilise the OnePlan social distancing tools to prepare for social distancing.

What we mean by “urban centres” and “green spaces”

Social Distancing planner focuses on those urban centres and green spaces likely to experience high footfall, particularly as government guidance on staying at home is gradually eased.

Urban centres – focus on publicly accessible areas such as high streets, transport hubs and shopping areas.

Green spaces – are publicly accessible open spaces focused in, but not limited to, urban and suburban contexts including parks, burial grounds and cemeteries.