Time is an incredible thing, isn’t it? It feels like only yesterday since people were out tooting their horns for the Raptors, while someone mentioned the Australian wildfires to me the other day and that felt like a distant memory. And yet even that is just relative to me. Like I said, time is incredible.
With that in mind, time during quarantine is even crazier. Back at the start of March we were being told to sing Happy Birthday while washing our hands to ensure we spent the requisite amount of time soaping up. To me that feels like a long time ago, but to some it probably feels like the opposite in this seemingly infinite loop.Now to get to my actual point. Handwashing has always been important but moving forward it’s going to be clutch. That means no more going to the toilet in the mall and foregoing a quick hand wash because you don’t want to squeeze between two people. And while not washing hands seems to be a more male-oriented hygiene issue, women’s bathrooms are probably even more disgusting – take this from someone who worked in fast food and spent many nights cleaning washrooms.
So with handwashing and hygiene really at the forefront of all our minds as we head back out into some semblance of civilised society, Toronto has taken some nice measures to try and encourage this and I think we need to follow suit.
At the start of May, the city of Toronto implemented some new handwashing and washrooms throughout the city at eight locations, and a further six for homeless people. The stations are mostly found in parks but there’s also one at Yonge-Dundas Square, which is a great way to get tourists and shoppers to get a clean-up while out shopping.
This is a great step forward and one Mississauga absolutely should follow. There are public washrooms found in various parks throughout the city, but we need more and they need to be maintained and cleaned more regularly. Yes there are bathrooms at the Square One GO Station but not everyone has time to duck in there, so have a handwash/sanitizer station in between the seats at the depo for people to quickly use as they head home or to work.
And the same can be said of places throughout the city, be it Port Credit, Streetsville, Erin Mills, Cooksville, or wherever. Each of these towns should have at least one handwashing station somewhere in the street that is regularly maintained. It’s the least we can expect and ask for as a society moving forward, and a simple, effective way to hold-off any notion of a second wave.