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Prince George opens Canada Games Plaza public washroom amid COVID-19 pandemic

City hopes this can help ‘marginalized individuals’ follow public health guidelines
Downtown washroom - Canada Games Plaza Prince George
Public washroom located at Prince George's Canada Games Plaza. (via City of Prince George)

Prince George city officials are reaching out to downtown residents and visitors in providing an avenue to maintain proper health for as long as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

The downtown public washroom in Canada Games Plaza is now open as of today (April 14) in response to the current public health recommendations, allowing ‘marginalized individuals’ to practice good hygiene during the pandemic.

This includes frequent handwashing, with the washrooms providing water and soap.

“This new downtown washroom access is being provided for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic,” a city release reads.

“In 2019, the City helped launch two new pilot projects in the downtown area aimed at improving washroom and storage access for vulnerable and homeless people.”

The response comes weeks after the city closed civic facilities and businesses to create physical distancing, but has also prevented the use of its public washrooms. 

The Canada Games Plaza public washrooms will be staffed by members of the POUNDS Project Society, who have experience working with downtown residents and are trained in crisis management.

They are set to maintain the washrooms with daily cleaning and sanitization.

The washroom, located across from the Prince George Civic and Conference Centre, will be open for five hours in the morning and five hours in the evening:

  • 5 to 10 a.m.
  • 7 p.m. to midnight

More information is available on the city’s website.