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Safe use of Public Toilets During the Pandemic

Posted in General News on Friday, October 2nd, 2020

As more of us are starting to venture out to various public spaces such as pubs restaurants and shopping centres, It is almost inevitable that we are going to be using public toilets, but how does one stay safe when you are using these facilities during the Coronavirus pandemic? Arelle, the continence care specialists explain.

When you consider the amount of people who use public toilets throughout the day and the various regular contact points such as door handles, toilet seats, flushers, tap heads and soap dispensers it is understandable that you may be concerned about the safety of public toilets. Wearing a mask (unless you are exempt) is very important, wearing disposable gloves would also help you to avoid touching any services with your bare hands, but make sure you throw these away as soon as you leave. If you have cleansing wipes or disinfectant spray you can use it to clean surfaces you may need to touch. Using your own toilet cover is a good way of creating a barrier between you and the toilet seat and taking your own toilet paper with you reduces the risks further still. Putting the toilet lid down before flushing prevents any germs from rising from the bowl. Most important of all, wash and dry your hands thoroughly after using the facilities.

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Glenn Wheeler

Friday, October, 2nd, 2020

Disabled toilets should only be used by disabled people, but here in Milton Keynes people think they can use disabled toilets even if they don't have a disability

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Chris Kay

Monday, October, 12th, 2020

I take water tablets so needing a urinal when out and about is an hourly, or two hour if I’m lucky, must take. Over the 12 years a disabled person I learned a few years ago to carry a portable urinal in my car, the type similar to what’s used in hospitals, and it’s saved me a few wet pants over theses years. Thankfully the car is medium large to carry a hoist and a fully assembled pavement scooter in the back but this also makes it easier and giving room to using the said urinal indeed disabled toilets with RADAR keys are hit and miss and often cover as mother and baby toilets and having had kids myself know attending to toddlers and babies is not a two minute thing and these type toilets should be separated from the disabled ones and then lets not forget to mention some folk who think its a nice big place to sit and read the newspaper because someone has not closed the door so requiring the key to get back in, that is of course if the toilet has a key system as many supermarkets ones don’t.

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Jacqueline jones

Friday, October, 16th, 2020

Yes, I have noticed that in Hertfordshire and if one says anything to a non disabled person one gets a mouthful of abuse. Not sure what has to be done so that only disabled people can use the toilets Maybe some way of having a smaller blue badge with name and photograph so it can be slipped somehow or other into an area to open the disabled toilet door, so only the disabled person can enter and no others use it.

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Brian bremer

Monday, November, 16th, 2020

Earlier this year as Lockdown was ending, I visited Cardigan in Ceredigion with my Wife. Whilst walking in the Town centre my wife realised she urgently needed a toilet. The only one in theTown centre was closed to all and a sign directed us to the nearest next one in the public car park near the Theatre. This was almost a half mile walk out of the Town along back streets. When we arrived there, luckily these toilets were accessible. But it was apparent from signage that there was a 20p charge, yet the mother and toddler unit next to the Disabled toilet was free entry. So a bit cynical of the Welsh Government, we used the mother and toddler unit. That was not the end of the saga as on leaving the toilet we then had a brisk climb on foot back into the town and a further half mile walk back to where we were parked. The Disabled bays on the roadside were by now made inaccessible by Council officials setting up traffic lights and barriers to stop traffic using the town. We were able to drive out, but would not have been able to return later due to the closures

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Elaine stocks

Monday, November, 16th, 2020

I too am fed up seeing non disabled people using disabled toilets. I have seen women take their sons who are obviously old enough to go to the gents, into the disabled toilets. I have seen shop staff use the disabled toilet instead of using the ladies or gents. Have had shop staff push past me to get to the disabled toilet before me, nearly knocking me over as i walk with two crutches. All totally disgusting.