New standards for Shanghai public toilets
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.