Public Parks Discover the Downside of Closing the Restrooms
Here's a little nugget of advice to all your park rangers gearing up to reopen your public spaces after a COVID-19 shutdown: give the people a place to poop.
No, seriously. Look at what's happening to New Jersey.
WNBC reports that the parks, which have only been open for about two weeks now, are considering shutting down again because visitors are treating the great outdoors as their public restroom because there's nowhere else to go. The public restrooms are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
So, park guests are adapting by pooping in the woods and peeing in plastic bottles. How do park officials know that? Well, let's just say these people are leaving behind lots of evidence.
State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan announced that parks could close again because of the new unsanitary conditions, "The state park police reported an inordinate amount of urine and feces being left behind in the parks in water bottles."
He further encouraged, "We understand that the restrooms and public restrooms are closed but people should plan accordingly."
Unfortunately, he refused to elaborate on meaningful suggestions. Meaning, you're on your own when nature calls.
Callahan further warned, "There is a zero tolerance policy for that. The whole idea behind the parks is to give our citizens the ability to go out there and enjoy fresh air and have time outside."
Already 32 violations and 155 warnings have been dealt out to bathroom-going scofflaws. Yikes.