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Canterbury Cathedral reopens with unisex toilets to help maintain distancing


CANTERBURY Cathedral reopened to the public yesterday with unisex loos.

The gender neutral lavs help the building maintain “physical distancing”.

The gents is too small for blokes to keep two metres apart.

So the women’s cubicle loos are temporarily open to both sexes while Covid-19 is still a threat.

The country’s most important Anglican church was allowed to open its doors after three months of lockdown.

Its website says: “To maintain safe physical distancing one-way routes and gender-inclusive toilets will be in operation.”

A spokesman for the seat of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “It’s essential we provide toilet facilities.”

It comes after the Archbishop came under fire last week after he announced statues at the 950-year-old cathedral would be carefully reviewed in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are going to be looking very carefully and putting them in context and seeing if they all should be there.”

Canterbury Cathedral will open its doors to visitors at 10am on Saturday and services will resume on Sunday.

The historic site is going to look very different with one-way routes and floor markings, enhanced cleaning regimes, protective screens, hand sanitiser stations, distanced seating and staff wearing PPE.

There will be also be no singing of hymns to prevent the risk of infection.

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