Street parties quickly come to mind when thinking and hoping for the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions – perhaps in the summer. We want to enjoy our freedoms with our neighbours, and why not? We will be desparate to recover or build our community spirit.
You may want to hold a quick spontaneous informal Street Meet with drinks and snacks, without a road closure in a garden, on a pavement, driveway or green space, and drink a toast with friends and neighbours – while followong any distancing guidlines at the time. This would not need any permissions from your council etc.
One way to do this is for each household to be on their pavement outside their house, which probably be at least 2m apart. Be aware that the kids would tend to drift and want to play with each other.
So you would have to be strict and probably only be out for a short time. Perhaps stand out and raise a toast to your neighbours, shouting across the street?
Otherwise we would all need to hold our fire on our street party plans until we get the full go ahead to socialise with our neighbours.
So it may be better to hold a normal full street party next summer, with a road closure which would normally need the permission of your council.
You may find that someone in your street may have had a difficult time with the illness or even died. So you may want to plan your event with sensitivity and in memory of what has happened.
During the full lockdown here is what some streets in Bristol are doing with neighbours in a Guardian article.