I had a meeting today with council leaders with a view to having the toilets opened. They requested the meeting so we could look at options.
There was lots to discuss and it’s still not a foregone conclusion, but I’m hopeful the systems we talked about could work if people adhere to the rules and are sensible about it. Lives do after all, depend on it.
If it turns out it’s not going to work then they will probably be closed again (assuming we can get them open in the first place).
A concession from us is that FoSP will purchase and stock Touchless hand sanitisers for the entrance to each toilet block.
The outer door will become the ‘toilet door’ so it will be a one in one out system, with social distancing for the queues outside. The disabled toilet is self regulating as one in one out.
There will be plenty of signage reminding people to sanitise and wash hands before leaving.
The baby change will remain closed for the foreseeable future as it’s cleanliness cannot be guaranteed – and who would want to risk the health of their baby? This was my suggestion and they agreed.
As before, the council will open and clean the toilets and the cafe staff will lock them up in the afternoon as they close.
I expect there will be a lot of complaints like “one toilet isn’t enough” and the like but the situation doesn’t allow for full useage.
So unless anyone wants to volunteer to staff the toilets on a daily basis and ensure one in one out, this is what we’ve got to work with. It’s better than no toilets at all. Isn’t it?
We are aiming for 4th July when everything else opens but if there’s any change, we’ll keep you updated.
We’re doing our best for you, and the council will work hard on it too.