The lack of public toilets in Dundee doesn’t help ease the lockdown for the elderly and disabled, a local charity has warned.

The Dundee-based inclusivity charity PAMIS, and Age Scotland, say many are scared to leave their homes for any length of time while community lavatories are still padlocked in the city.

PAMIS chief executive Jenny Miller said she found it “really strange” that Dundee’s toilets are still shut.

She said: “Those shielding have been locked down for longer than anyone. It’s a real issue and it’s keeping them stuck in homes.

The UK Government has previously said keeping toilets closed has “equality implications” for those with particular health needs who need to go more often.

The Scottish Government said facilities should reopen so long as a thorough risk assessment is carried out.

Age Scotland’s chief executive, Brian Sloan, said the city has been too slow to put in place safety measures.

He said: “We understand the importance of ensuring these facilities fully comply with hygiene and physical distancing guidelines but would hope to see them reopen very soon, as the ability to use public toilets if necessary would offer a sense of much-needed reassurance to many at this difficult time.”

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