Two fly rule for public toilets in Beijing


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Two fly rule for public toilets in Beijing

Dear All,

I just read the following article on BBC and I thought it might interest you.
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Authorities in the Chinese capital have set new standards for public toilets, including a stipulation that they should contain no more than two flies.

The new rules, published by the commission of city administration, also set standards on odour and cleaning litter bins.
Toilets in places such as tourist spots must comply with the new standards.
But it is not clear whether failing washrooms will be punished and if so, how.
The new rules also cover cleaning, the use of equipment and training for attendants.
There is an ordinance covering what is referred to as "discarded items" - there should be no more than two in any public convenience.
The new standards also require signs in both Chinese and English to be installed in the toilets.

They regulate advertisements displayed in toilets, saying they must not obstruct functionality and had to be legal, reports the Beijing Times.
Beijing's Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment said in a statement that the regulations aimed to standardise toilet management at places such as parks, railway stations, hospitals and shopping malls.
An unnamed official from the commission told local media that the guidelines on flies were meant for easy monitoring.


What do you all think? It would be quite interesting to see how these regulations will be enforced.

Best regards

Doreen Mbalo

GIZ Sustainable Sanitation Programme
Policy Advisor in Bonn, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
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