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3. Identification of issues in urban centres and green spaces

Using the latest Welsh Government advice on social distancing, this section sets out a process to identify issues and interventions for maintaining social distancing in urban centres and green spaces.

It will be important to identify the key design issues and potential temporary interventions related to social distancing in urban centres and green spaces. This will be particularly important in focal zones, which are those areas with the densest development and where high levels of footfall are expected. The following steps could be applied:

Step 1: Identify your Public Spaces. There are more likely to be focal zones that require interventions. These could be transport hubs, high streets, town squares and other open spaces, shopping centres, areas for employment and commercial use and parks. These are typically characterised by high footfall and constrained areas for walking, cycling and vehicular transport.

Step 2: Consider your user groups, including levels of footfall and activity in spaces with intensive usage, and equality / accessibility issues.

Step 3: Assess the key social distancing issues, potential risks.

Step 4: Consider the interventions that can be made to mitigate and reduce the social distancing issues and risks.

Step 5: Consider the statutory and legal implications and liaise with statutory bodies.

Step 6: Consider the implementation of temporary physical interventions.This consideration should include timings and procurement.

Step 7: Consider management of spaces and potential interventions, such as guiding movement through the spaces.  This could include consideration of the potential need for enforcement measures at entrance areas to supervise and assist.

Step 8: Consider the maintenance issues such as cleaning and repairing.

Step 9: Monitor use, management and maintenance and effectiveness of measures.

Step 10: Review and consider the phasing in and out of interventions.

Step 11: Consider security and any impact on existing security regimes

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