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'Public toilet closures are not an inconvenience, they're an equality issue'  The Bristol Cable

Throughout successive lockdowns, people have had to take their social lives outside in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. In the wake of cafe closures and bans on indoor meetings between households, face-to-face meetings have become limited to walks and hangouts on park benches. An unintended consequence of this exodus outdoors has seen Bristolians facing a shortage of public loos.

Toilet access has been an issue of national concern over the last 12 months, causing frustration across the country. After the first lockdown, when many local authorities closed public toilets, an investigation by The Guardian found that a lack of toilet access was leading to high anxiety, and in some cases led to people being left effectively ‘housebound’. Last month reports also surfaced about Amazon delivery workers resorting to urinating in bottles due to a shortage of bathrooms compounded by the pandemic. While many public loos have reopened since July last year, the lack of open cafes, bars and facilities in public buildings because of lockdown has still left us without enough toilets. 

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