Evaluation of food and beverage service spaces within the framework of Covid – 19; A Case of Northern Cyprus, Walled City of Nicosia

Alp Karaca, Bugu Sah, Ediz Orac


Northern Cyprus, along with entire planet earth is currently going through a period of pandemic outbreak of the COVID – 19 virus which is taking a toll on the past, on the social life and most importantly, on the physical and mental health of billions of people. Every pandemic outbreak experienced by humans has introduced a new configuration of “what is normal” and has imposed a life with new habits and precautions that became normal. The present pandemic period of COVID-19 has had a negative impact not only on people’s health but also on the economy in many countries where initially the measure of full confinement was adopted only to be followed by controlled deconfinement covering new measures that would enable evolution of the virus to be observed and the national economy to be revived. Many health organizations such as the World Health Organization as well as national governments published various scientific measures and cautioned against risks of non-observance of these measures. Similarly in Northern Cyprus was undertaken an initial stage of total lock-down followed by a controlled deconfinement aimed at economic revival. The aim of the present article is to establish a guide concerning measures to be adopted in the fight against COVID-19 and to facilitate a most efficient application of such measures. Health measures established by the World Health Organization were reinterpreted with a focus on spaces and turned into a compilation in an effort to establish a guide. Application and interpretation of the guide were demonstrated via three establishments of similar functional and structural characteristics located in proximity of each other in intramural Nicosia. Every step to be taken and every evaluation to be made in relation to COVID-19 at present, shall shape not only the pandemic period currently but also the future through problems to be faced in the near future in Northern Cyprus and world-wide.

Keywords: Covid-19, Nicosia, Walled City, Health, Publisc Space, Services

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/6-12-04

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702