Beijing’s booey loos to get scrubbed down, cleaned up
TOILETS IN CHINA are often criticized for the lack of maintenance and hygiene, and it’s no secret that there have been many warnings to unsuspecting travelers about using them.
But that will soon change, as Beijing has issued the first guideline in the country to scrub down and clean up its booey looes.
In 2015, China launched a toilet revolution nationwide to make public toilets cleaner and more regulated.
However, it seems as though the efforts were not continued.
“Many of the public toilets in Beijing are squat toilets. Rather than sitting on them, you’re supposed to squat over them to do your business,” SmarterTravel wrote in 2017.
“Bathrooms in Beijing may also not be very well maintained, so they can be smelly and dirty. In some cases, there may not even be doors separating toilets, so others will see you while you use the toilet.”
Because China is expecting an influx of foreign and domestic visitors during the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, it’s important for the massive Chinese capital to ensure that its toilets aren’t stinky and filthy.
And the country’s restaurants are going to be the first to ensure that going to their loos will not be a stomach-churning experience.
“It’s an important move for the capital to improve the quality of restrooms in restaurants,” China Daily quoted Chinese Cuisine Association director Jiang Junxian as saying.
“Owners of restaurants have paid more attention to outward appearances. They rarely make an effort with the toilets.”
Houlang Publishing Co.’s 25-year-old employee Shen Xhizhu told China Daily she’d had a lot of bad experiences at restaurants in Beijing, especially inexpensive ones.
“Some wastepaper will spill out in the toilets and the mess will stay for a long time.”
As such, the association and the Beijing Food and Drug Administration has drawn up a list of to-dos for restaurants to implement.
In total, the guideline has more than 40 regulations on the environment, facilities, cleaning, and disinfection. Among them are:
- Restaurants are prohibited from using personalized toilet signs that are difficult to identify.
- Toilets in the restaurant industry receive daily inspections.
- Restaurants should disinfect their toilets at least once a day.
- Restaurants must check the restrooms every 15 minutes during peak hours.
- The faucets, hand dryers, sinks and air vents should be sterilized at least four times a day.
- Toilet paper, a wastebasket and disposable seat covers should be made available in each restroom.
- Toilets should also have partitions and mirrors.
That having said, some restaurant owners in Beijing have expressed concern about the daily inspection of toilets.
A head chef at a restaurant in Beijing opposite the University of International Business and Economics commented that an examination of the toilets every 15 minutes during peak hours is hard to do as it would require an assigned person to be in charge of toilet management.
The chef added that the cost of such management would be high and that only a medium-sized or large restaurant would be able to meet the standard.
Jiang said it aims to supervise 5,000 restaurants in the capital by the end of the year.