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Details released on the reopening of Cornwall's public toilets

Details released on the reopening of Cornwall's public toilets

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:00am 4th July 2020.

Around half of Cornwall's public toilets are expected to reopen from this weekend, as lockdown measures are eased.

From Saturday 4th July, people can now visit holiday parks, hairdressers, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

With an influx of locals and tourists expected to be out and about around the Duchy, it has sparked concerns about the availability of public toilets.

There are around 250 toilet blocks across Cornwall, which are mostly owned and operated by parish and town councils or community groups.

They had to be closed during the coronavirus lockdown to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Now Cornwall Council has confirmed that around half are expected to be open again by this weekend.

The local authority has released the following information about Cornwall's loos:

  • Cornwall Council is responsible for 15, some of which are adjacent to harbours for the benefit of fishing crews.  
  • Most of Cornwall Council’s toilets have been open this week, and all sites will have provision by this weekend. (St Just is being refurbished, but a portaloo alternative will be provided) 
  • Cornwall Council has worked closely with Cornwall Assn of Local Councils (CALC) and Public Health to assist and advise on the safe reopening of toilets that were closed during the Coronavirus lockdown. 
  • We have worked with partners to prioritise sites which assist the RNLI in providing beach Lifeguard cover.  
  • We understand that around 50% of town and parish managed sites will be open by this weekend. 
  • It has not been as easy as just ‘unlocking the loo doors’ after months of closure. 
  • We want to thank all the managing authorities for making these safety preparations where possible.  

"Reopening toilets after such a long closure has not been quick or easy and needs to be done in a way that minimises risk to users and cleaning staff.

"Some have been vandalised, some need plumbing work, or inspecting for legionella disease that can affect static water in tanks, and all have needed deep cleaning and preparation for Covid-secure use including appropriate public health signage.

"All reopened toilets need enhanced cleaning regimes."

Cornwall Council

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