As a fairly level-headed, logical individual, I’m confused as to why we’re now allowed to exercise and enjoy our beautiful outdoors as much as possible, yet the public toilets / ablutions are still locked and off limits?

I walk regularly along our Hermanus Cliff Path or Onrus / Vermont Coastal Path and I’m wondering how joggers, dog walkers and families with children manage to plan their exercise routine to include a quick detoured sprint into one of the restaurants now open at the Old Harbour Waterfront, or cross their legs until they reach Dutchies at Grotto Beach?

I was under the impression that most nature reserves and parks were recently opened to the public again – shouldn’t the public ablutions also be? Those with bladder problems have surely had to resort to squatting in the bushes on emergency occasions since the beginning of Lockdown – enough is enough!

Response from Overstrand Municipality:

All public ablution facilities at beaches are currently closed in compliance with the Level 3 lockdown regulations. Only about 50% of our Beaches and Parks employees are back at work due to the restriction on this department’s services. The municipality therefore does not have essential workers to clean and maintain these facilities and there is a risk of them being vandalised if they were to be open 24/7. 

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