New standards for Shang­hai pub­lic toi­lets

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE - Global Times

Shang­hai re­cently launched new standards for pub­lic toi­lets to bet­ter serve the peo­ple, thep­a­per.cn re­ported Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy, new pub­lic toi­lets should have a 1:2.5 ra­tio of male and fe­male stalls or set up uni­sex lava­to­ries. Toi­lets at air­ports, train sta­tions, city squares or scenic spots will re­al­ize a 1:2 ra­tio; cater­ing ar­eas, busi­ness of­fices and hos­pi­tals must be 1:1.5.

The old standards on the ra­tio of male and fe­male stalls in Shang­hai was 1:1 to 1.5:1, which lead to longer waits at fe­male toi­lets.

With façades match­ing sur­round­ing build­ings, new pub­lic toi­lets shall con­tain at least one bar­ri­er­free room on the ground floor.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­port pub­lished by Shang­hai Women’s Fed­er­a­tion, 59.6 per­cent of males sel­dom line up for pub­lic toi­lets, while 65.2 per­cent of fe­males need to wait for one to five min­utes.

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