Number of public toilets shut has rocketed by 100 during this lockdown

THE number of public toilets shut has rocketed by 100 during this lockdown.

An extra 450 are now closed, after 350 were shut during November’s Covid shutdown.

It means more people are being caught short on their daily walks, campaigners say.

And the total of closures could be far higher as many go unreported.

Lockdown Loo, a website that collects data on public lavs across the UK, urged councils to reopen them and let the public spend a penny.

Co-founder Tom Riley said: “We cannot have another year of wild wees and bursting bladders.”

Lockdown Loo says the picture is far worse now than during November’s lockdown.

The group has been inundated with reports of closures.

Mr Riley said: “It is astounding that nearly a year into this crisis and councils have not learned that toilets are crucial services. Closing toilets does not just keep millions on the loo leash at home, it also impacts essential workers. Time to let Brits spend a penny.”

The PM’s spokesman said: “We’ve said throughout that public loos should stay open.

“But we are asking the public to stay at home, limiting their contact.”

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