Proposing the lower bounds of area needed for individuals to social distance across a range of town centre environments

In this paper we: • Obtain a lower bound for the amount of space a single individual needs to be allocated to social distance, in dynamic space (in other words, space where people need to move around freely). • Offer a definition of dynamic space, in each of the town centre environments • Obtain a lower bound for the amount of space a single individual needs to be allocated to social distance, in fixed space (in other words, space which has been allocated to people who are staying more static, like in queues)

Date added 31 May 2020
Last updated 30 September 2021

In this paper we:

  • Obtain a lower bound for the amount of space a single individual needs to be allocated to social distance, in dynamic space (in other words, space where people need to move around freely).
  • Offer a definition of dynamic space, in each of the town centre environments
  • Obtain a lower bound for the amount of space a single individual needs to be allocated to social distance, in fixed space (in other words, space which has been allocated to people who are staying more static, like in queues)

It is important to explain that our proposal cannot account for the specific characteristics of individual places. Those responsible for each of the environments must undertake their own assessment of their spaces. Instead, our paper proposes, theoretically, how much space a person needs in each of the three environments, as well as the space required to queue or remain static in an environment. Our analysis involves enclosing each person in a circular region, with a predetermined space in which

  1. They can move independently of otherpeople (dynamic space).
  2. They are held in queues or seated etc., and cannot move independently (fixed space).