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Bury St Edmunds public toilets: Shoppers reminded to 'spend a penny at home before you spend your pounds in the town centre'

Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds town centre are being reminded that the majority of public toilets are closed.

More shops in the town centre are able to reopen from today but Business Improvement District organisation Our Bury St Edmunds is warning visitors that facilities are different to those available before lockdown.

The public toilets in the Abbey Gardens are open with enforced social distancing measures but others around the town including those at arc shopping centre and some customer toilets in stores remain closed.

Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham
Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, said: "It’s quite a trek to the Abbey Gardens from somewhere like Cornhill or the arc and pubs and restaurants are not open at the moment either, where people might otherwise stop for refreshment and take the opportunity to use their toilets too.

"If you are coming in for some shopping remember to spend a penny at home before you spend your pounds in the town centre."

Shoppers are also reminded they may wish to bring their own face coverings and hand sanitiser.

Sanitiser stations will be available at the arc entrance points but not at other entry points to the town.

Mr Cordell added: “Health and hygiene is very important to visitors and people who live and work here, which is why we want to make people aware of what’s currently available.

"Parents with children who might need changing facilities for example will need to keep an eye on what has been re-opened as measures hopefully continue to be lifted in the coming weeks.

"We all want to welcome shoppers back but it’s only fair to remind them that the town is currently a little different.”

Our Bury St Edmunds has placed a number of signs and floor markings around the town as visual guides for social distancing.

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