Sanitation stations to return to Eugene streets

Portable restrooms and handwashing stations will start to reappear on city streets as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 12:05 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 12:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – While sanitation stations were phased out in Eugene in June, city officials say they are going to make a comeback.

Portable restrooms and handwashing stations will start to reappear on city streets this week as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know good hygiene remains one of the best ways to kill germs and help limit the spread of COVID-19,” Emergency Manager Kevin Holman said. “We hope these stations will encourage people to wash their hands more often – one of the many things we all need to be doing to protect ourselves from the coronavirus.”

Officials said the stations will be placed in high-use areas and can be found through an online map that should be available starting Aug. 10.

At this time, the plan is to place 10 stations, but additional stations could be added if needed.

Back at the start of the pandemic, Eugene place more than 70 portable restrooms and about 60 hand washing stations throughout the community to support sanitation needs during the stay at home order. They were removed when Lane County moved into phase two.

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