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Public urinals could be a thing of the past in a post-Covid society as industry leaders recommend men use stalls when they return to work

"Mae Marie" (2020-07-19)


Public urinals could be a thing of the past in a post-Covid society as industry leaders recommend men use stalls when they return to work.

The British Toilet Associations is advising councils and companies on how to keep washrooms clean and safe as lockdown restrictions are eased. 

Managing director Raymond Martin said solutions could range from foot-operated flushes and self-closing seats to sensor-activated taps and soap dispensers.

But one of the most substantial proposed changes is the elimination of separate toilets for men and women.

Public urinals could be a thing of the past in a post-Covid society as industry leaders recommend men use stalls when they return to work

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Instead, one-way gender neutral facilities could see men and women queuing at one door and exiting on the other side with individual cubicles in between.

Mr Martin said he is calling on the Government to invest in revolutionising the nation's washrooms as a matter of 'public health'.

He said: 'Toilets have a massive commercial effect on an area, which is why they are one of the first things you plan in any new shopping centre.

'It's going to cost a lot of money, but if we want to get back outdoors, to socialise, to go to parks and beaches, then the Government has to step in.

'We want to bring back life to this country, and toilets are a vital part of that,' he told .

The proposed changes come as a senior government advisor said ministers should force councils to reopen public toilets on Monday. Professor Dingwall, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Group, said the risk outdoors was 'minimal' and people did not need to be so anxiousProfessor Robert Dingwall, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group said the government should stop 'terrorising' those who visit public spaces.<div class="art-ins mol-factbox news floatRHS" data-version="2" id="mol-a94c2490-9dc1-11ea-a6cb-a7cee5e05d27" website urinals could be a thing of the past in a post-Covid 19 society