Some Won't Return to Shopping if the Public Toilets Remain Closed

By Gary Cutlack on at

The gradual unwinding of levels of lockdown that's seen people get back to their beloved queuing ways is not yet enabling everyone to get back to their former life's retail park ways, as the lack of open public toilets means many now dread returning to our high streets.

Plenty of accessible toilets in shopping centres are closed, as well as those operated by businesses that we might try to sneak into when out and about. Branches of Wetherspoons, for example, which we have made many promises only to enter in future when accompanied by a child that needs a wee.

The BBC lists many of the difficulties people face, not least those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome who may need toilets at shorter notice, if you will, than others. Charity group Crohn's and Colitis UK has asked councils to focus on getting public toilets open as soon as possible, with campaign manager Sarah Hollobone saying: "This will not only dramatically improve the quality of life for people with Crohn's or colitis, but also people with other conditions that require toilet access. People with Crohn's and colitis already feel isolated because of their condition and locking up public toilets unnecessarily adds to this." [BBC]