Public toilets left public use when the lockdown came into force at the end of March, bringing the rest of public life with it. While some may go unmissed, whether it be due to their location or hygienic state, they will become vital as the UK begins to reopen.
Are public toilets open?
Public toilets have closed with the hospitality industry, as they are no longer required to function with people not requiring extended time outdoors.
One of the many reasons they remain shut comes down to hygiene, as hundreds of people may pass through one location every day, and if just one of them was positive with COVID-19, it could spread out into the rest of the population.
Any future reopening of public bathrooms would require significant changes to how they work.
“For the next year we’re going to have to focus on COVID, but these measures could significantly reduce a lot of infections if we continue seriously with hand hygiene.”
The next step for the Government in the coronavirus crisis is to reopen some non-essential retail.
Starting from June 1, non-essential stores such as car showrooms and outdoor markets will be permitted to run once more.
The rest of the retail sector will follow on June 15, with social distancing measures in place.