Published: Thursday, 16th July 2020
A number of key public toilets have reopened.
All public toilets in the Borders were closed in March in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidance.
We have since been working on plans for the safe reopening of public toilets, which can now take place following the Scottish Government’s move into phase three of the route map out of lockdown.
This requires an increased level of resource to be dedicated to public toilets, which means a decision has been made to reopen key public toilets located in towns and popular tourist destinations which normally see the highest usage.
The following public toilets are currently open:
- Peebles - Eastgate Car Park
- Melrose - Abbey Street
- Selkirk - Market Place
- Lauder - The Avenue
- Galashiels Transport Interchange
- Hawick - Common Haugh
- Newcastleton - Langholm Street
- Jedburgh - Tourist Information Centre
- Kelso - Woodmarket/Horsemarket
- Coldstream - Court House Car Park
- Eyemouth - Bantry Car Park
- Coldingham Sands
- St Abbs Harbour
- Duns Brierybaulk
- St Mary's Loch
- Innerleithen - Hall Street
The additional measures which will be in place at each public toilet include:
- Increased cleaning programme
- Hand sanitiser gels at entry and exit points
- Limitations on how many people can use toilets at one time
- Handwashing facilities
Opening hours for each public toilet will be 9am-5pm, while charging will be reinstated at facilities which previously had it in place.
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive
“We are pleased to be able to open a number of key public toilet facilities across the Scottish Borders.
“Due to the need to keep the public and our staff as safe as possible, a significantly increased cleaning and hygiene programme will be in place.
“This has required an increased level of resources to be dedicated to public toilets and means we have decided to use a phased approach to the reopening of these facilities.
“Social distancing and hygiene guidance signage will be in place and we would ask the public using these facilities to please follow this advice to help keep their families and communities safe.”