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One-way pedestrian routes in busy public spaces to aid social distancing

Northern Ireland has become the first part of the UK to move from two metres to one metre, with some conditions.

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One-way pedestrian routes in busy public spaces could aid social distancing, guidance published by the Communities Department said (Joe Giddens/PA).

One-way pedestrian routes in busy public spaces could aid social distancing, guidance published by the Communities Department said (Joe Giddens/PA).

One-way pedestrian routes in busy public spaces could aid social distancing, guidance published by the Communities Department said (Joe Giddens/PA).

One-way pedestrian routes in busy public spaces could aid social distancing, guidance published by the Communities Department said.

Northern Ireland has become the first part of the UK to move from two metres to one metre, with some conditions.

Bus stops may be relocated to areas where they can better accommodate safe queuing, according to information published by Caral Ni Chuilin’s Department.

Stewards and extra staff could manage multiple lines for different businesses, official guidance for owners and operators of town and city centres like councils and landlords added.

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Caral Ni Chuilin said a plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions will be needed as the restrictions on staying at home are reduced (Niall Carson/PA)

Caral Ni Chuilin said a plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions will be needed as the restrictions on staying at home are reduced (Niall Carson/PA)

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Caral Ni Chuilin said a plan for the temporary adaptations and interventions will be needed as the restrictions on staying at home are reduced (Niall Carson/PA)

Communities Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: “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 reduced and we move through the stages of the Executive’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan.”

The guidance includes examples of measures that may be undertaken to adapt and manage areas to help social distancing.

They also include:

– Defined areas to indicate where pedestrians should stand when queuing using spray markings or temporary barriers;

– “Do not join the queue” signs at popular destinations when capacity is reached;

– One-way movement of pedestrians to maintain 2m (6ft) distancing;

– Signing to encourage pedestrians to wait and allow others to pass at entry
ways or along footpaths;

– The provision of separate entry and exit routes for pedestrian access with
clear signs.

The minister added: “It is important that we use our public spaces constructively as we progress our Covid-19 Recovery Plan.

“These places can be utilised positively in supporting local businesses and in providing areas for exercise and relaxation.

“Their role will be even more important in the weeks and months ahead.”

She said outdoor spaces close to hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes could be used to maximise the opportunity for these businesses to deliver their services, while ensuring the safety of both staff and customers.

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