Public Lavatories: Coronavirus:Written question - 66859

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Public Lavatories: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what scientific advice the Government has issued to local authorities on (a) the risk of public toilets spreading covid-19 and (a) opening public toilets as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.
Answered by: Mr Simon Clarke
Answered on: 08 July 2020

Public hygiene is of the utmost importance, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and enabling access to toilets safely is vital.

Government has made clear through COVID-19 guidance that public toilets, portable toilets and toilets inside premises should be kept open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The guidance outlines measures such as signs to promote good hygiene, providing suitable handwashing and hand drying facilities, and increasing frequency of cleaning facilities.

The Environment Minister and I recently wrote to local authorities with details on the guidance for reopening public toilets.

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