All public toilets run by Tendring District Council (TDC) are now open.
The facilities had been closed during lockdown in line with Government regulations, and since restrictions were lifted TDC had been working on plans to re-open them safely.
Initially 12 toilets in seafront locations were opened to provide amenities for people using seafronts.
Now further measures have been put in place to allow all of the authority’s toilets to be re-opened.
To allow for the additional safety measures opening times will be different, with toilets opened from 10am until 8pm – with the exception of the facilities in Connaught Avenue, Frinton, which will open at 8am.
Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, welcomed the news.
“We understand there has been some frustration that our public toilets had been opened on a limited basis, but this has been necessary to make sure we have the appropriate safety measures in place both for the public and our staff,” Councillor Talbot said.
“I am glad that we can now open all of our public toilets, which we know are important for many people visiting our seafronts and town centres – particularly as non-essential retail outlets can now re-open.”
Toilet users are being reminded to maintain social distancing and to follow instructions about maximum numbers or closed cubicles at all times, and to ensure they wash their hands after using the facilities. Visit our website for advice and information, including toilet opening times at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The public are also asked to be polite and courteous to cleaning staff while carrying out their role – which may involve them asking people to leave or wait while cleaning is done.
Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, added: “Our toilet cleaners have a tough enough job to do as it is without facing abuse from the public, but sadly a minority feel it is acceptable to do this.
“It is completely abhorrent and unacceptable, and our staff have rightly been instructed to walk away from any such situation. So if anyone does abuse our staff, we may be forced to close toilet facilities as we will not be able to clean them.
“So please remember to #BeKind and respect those who are working hard to provide facilities for the general public.”