Restrictions on the use of public space and physical distancing have been key policy measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and protect public health . At the time of writing, one half of the world ’ s population has been asked to stay home and avoid many public places . What will be the long term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public space once the restrictions have been lifted? The depth and extent of transformation is unclear, especially as it relates to the future design, use and perceptions of public space . This article aims to highlight emerging questions at the interface of COVID-19 and city design . It is possible that the COVID-19 crisis may fundamentally change our relationship with public space . In the ensuing months and years, it will be critical to study and measure these changes in order to inform urban planning and design in a post-COVID world.