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Non-domestic buildings in England must offer single-sex bathrooms: report

Newly built offices, schools, hospitals and entertainment venues in England must include separate single-sex bathrooms under rules to be published, according to a new report.

The regulations apply to buildings of a certain size, as The Telegraph announced on Saturday.

The British newspaper reported that the government will announce this week that it is trying to prevent non-domestic buildings from being built exclusively with “universal” or gender-specific toilets.

Sources told the newspaper that Ministers and Prime Minister Boris Johnson believe the regulations should cover all buildings where businesses are based.

The measure is being led by Minister for Women and Equality Kemi Badenoch, who was recently told that some young pupils are not using the toilets in schools because they only have gender-neutral ones, according to the Telegraph.

Badenoch, a member of the Conservative Party, has reportedly said it is “important” to provide same-sex spaces for men and women.

17 January 2020, Lower Saxony, Hildesheim: A woman goes to the "toilet for everyone" at the university, with the transgender sign in front of the entrance.
Sources told the newspaper that Ministers and Prime Minister Boris Johnson believe the regulations should cover all buildings where businesses are based.
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A UK Government source told The Telegraph: “It is vital that women feel safe and comfortable using public facilities and that there is a greater emphasis on service based on dignity, privacy, tolerance and… Respect for everyone focused.”

The paper reported that ministers are likely to present the new guidelines as “common sense” to thwart the recent trend of gender-neutral bathrooms becoming the norm in newly constructed buildings.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/03/non-residential-buildings-in-england-must-offer-single-sex-bathrooms-report/ Non-domestic buildings in England must offer single-sex bathrooms: report

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