Public loos across East Devon will be closed on December 25 so council staff have the chance to meet their families amid the Christmas Covid rules.
East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) 20 Covid-safe toilets will be shut on Friday, December 25, for one day, and reopen on Boxing Day.
The council said the decision to close the public loos for the day was taken to protect the public from the coronavirus and adhere to government rules.
EDDC said closing the facilities would give council staff chance to spend the Government-permitted day with family, amid the pandemic.
An EDDC spokeswoman said the council toilets would reopen again on Saturday, December 26, and remain in use.
She said: “East Devon’s twenty Covid-safe public toilets will unfortunately be closed on Christmas Day and will open as usual from Boxing Day onwards.
“Due to the level of staffing needed for the required enhanced cleaning for Covid-19 compliance, the council has decided to close the public toilets on Christmas Day.
“Closing the toilets on Christmas Day will allow staff to be with their extended families – their Christmas Bubble – which, due to national restrictions, is the only day where they can meet their family and friends.”
The EDDC spokeswoman added: “Since the first national lockdown, the majority of East Devon’s public toilets have remained open with enhanced Covid cleaning – three times a day in the winter and five times a day over the summer.”