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Coronavirus toilet closures
Very, very few public toilets are still open during the coronavirus epidemic. Finding a toilet is very time consuming so search where the toilets are where you’re going to be so you’re prepared. Or don’t go to another area unless you know for sure there are toilets open nearby. When you find a toilet that’s open, expect longer queues due to 2m social distancing.
Washing your hands often with soap under running water for 20 seconds is the most effective way to reduce the risk and spread of coronavirus. But how can you keep safe when you’re sleeping rough and you can’t shower because all homeless day centres except 4 are closed are closed for showers, let alone wash your hands! See londonhomelessinfo.wordpress.com/showers There are hand sanitiser dispensers in the entrance of stations, others are through the gates. There are also hand sanitiser dispensers at bus stations.
Use the disabled toilets to strip wash and wash your hair.
Cafes and pubs have reopened, try using the toilets there.
Libraries have reopened, find your nearest one on londonhomelessinfo.wordpress.com/libraries
In the West End there are now portable toilets in 12 locations. And all public toilets in Westminster borough are open. lbhf.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ef1a81e22b994061981a2eb45d4c7c0b They’re all free except those in Leicester Square, Princes St, Balderton St, Stratton St, Regency St, Strand and Walterton Rd.
Some Prets are now open for takeaways, no idea if their toilets are open too. pret.co.uk/en-gb/find-a-pret-reopening
In Kings Cross the toilets at St Pancras station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/st-pancras
The toilets at Euston station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/euston
The toilets at Charing Cross station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/charing-cross
The toilets at London Bridge station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/london-bridge
The toilets at Waterloo station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/waterloo
The toilets at Paddington station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/paddington
The toilets at Canon Street station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/london-cannon-street
The toilets at Liverpool Street station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/liverpool-street
The toilets at Clapham Junction station are open. networkrail.co.uk/communities/passengers/our-stations/clapham-junction
The toilets at Richmond station are open.
I’m guessing the toilets on trains are still open.
And shopping centres such as Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford uk.westfield.com/london/reopening-safety-measures
Stratford Shopping Centre stratfordshopping.co.uk/covid-19
Victoria Place in Victoria victoriaplace.co.uk/information
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre ealingbroadwayshopping.co.uk/faqs#where-are-toilets-ealing-broadway-are-there-disabled-facilities-are-there-disabled-toilets
The Mall Wood Green themall.co.uk/wood-green/whats-hot/2020/coronavirus-information
The Mall Walthamstow themall.co.uk/walthamstow/whats-hot/2020/coronavirus-update
Brent Cross Shopping Centre brentcross.co.uk
New government guidance on the revised lockdown measures states that it’s up to councils to decide whether public toilets should be open. It reads: ‘Councils are responsible for public toilets and this decision is up to them.” gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do paragraph 1.13
Parks for London said: “In boroughs Bexley, Greenwich, Redbridge and Westminster toilets in parks will be open – with measures in place to keep users safe. In Wandsworth I understand that they are planning a phased reopening, with Battersea Parks toilets reopened only at the moment. The Royal Parks are keeping theirs closed for now except in Hyde Park Bandstand and Regent’s Park Chester Road on a trial basis. Park toilets are also available in Hackney.”
All public toilets in parks in Hackney are open – Clissold Park, Hackney Marshes, Springfield Park, Haggerston Park, Mabley Green and London Fields, but not at Millfields. hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-parks-and-green-spaces
The toilets at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets are open. towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/leisure_and_culture/parks_and_open_spaces/victoria_park/victoria_park.aspx
Large supermarkets have toilets that are open, but most are not in central London:
Sainsbury’s with toilets firstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1277583/3/all/Toilets
Tesco Superstore google.co.uk/search?safe=strict&client=safari&source=hp&ei=BdCRXvSZIIu8a6rUjaAJ&q=%22tesco+superstore%22+london&oq=%22tesco+superstore%22+london&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADoOCAAQ6gIQtAIQmgEQ5QJKDggXEgozMTRnMTItMTAxSgoIGBIGMWcxMi0xUNsTWNsTYLQaaABwAHgAgAGIAogB2AKSAQUxLjAuMZgBAKABAqABAaoBB2d3cy13aXqwAQY&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwi0sKHjxuDoAhUL3hoKHSpqA5QQ4dUDCAw&uact=5
Tesco Extra allinlondon.co.uk/directory/stores_106775.php
ASDA storelocator.asda.com/london Most ASDAs have a toilet, click on the store to check if it has a toilet.
Pubs, restaurants and libraries will be allowed to reopen on Sat 4 July, which hopefully means their toilets will be open.
Transport for London said: “Unfortunately all our toilets are currently closed due to the additional Covid-19 risks. We don’t yet know when it will be safe to reopen them.
Search for the nearest public toilet on Great British Public Toilet Map toiletmap.org.uk Most toilets in businesses are not on the website, only those that are part of the Community Toilet Scheme. The website hasn’t been updated for years, let alone during coronavirus, so the information is of little use. But you can use it to figure out what toilets are nearby and then guess whether it’s open or not during coronavirus. For example, if it’s a toilet in a shop it‘s likely to be open because shops are now open. If it’s a toilet in a library, pub, leisure centre, church or museum it’s closed because all libraries, pubs, leisure centres, churches and museums are closed. Also, the search options for toilets that are “free”, “accessible” and “open now” don’t work. For example when you tick “free toilets” it shows all toilets, including those that are not free so you have to click on each toilet to check the details. Finding a toilet is very time consuming.
If you know any other public toilets still open during coronavirus or if you have spotted any errors, please leave a message in the comments section below.
The information below was before coronavirus
Search for the nearest public toilet on Great British Public Toilet Map. Only of limited use because the search options for toilets that are “free”, “accessible” and “open now” don’t work. For example when you tick “free toilets” it shows all toilets, including those that are not free so you have to click on each toilet to check the details. The website hasn’t been updated for years, let alone during coronavirus, so the information is out of date.
Search for the nearest McDonald’s toilet
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