Toilet signs make it look like men have to pee from two metres away

A man has found what he described as ‘the most ridiculous social distancing measures yet’ in a gents’ loos.

A sign on the floor at an office space in Paddington, London, asks men to keep their distance from a row of urinals – giving an eight foot clearance.

Alastair Hilton, 51, joked that he opted for using a toilet in a cubicle because he wasn’t sure he would be able to hit the target from so far back.

While in the cubicle, he spotted another dubious sign telling him to ‘close the lid before flushing’ for his own safety.

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Speaking about the keep your distance sign, Alastair said: ‘This took social distancing to the nth degree. It’s definitely the most ridiculous measure I’ve seen so far.

‘It’s beautifully done. They’ve spent some money printing this sticker and it must be 8ft across or something. I just thought it was hilarious.

‘Each toilet that you go into now, you are assaulted by something weird and wonderful. You used to go in and there was a toilet.

‘Now you’ve got social distancing or every other urinal blocked off, and you don’t know what you’re going to be met with. This was a fancy toilet with a ridiculous social distancing thing.

‘I used one of the cubicles and that had a funny sticker in it telling me to put the lid down for my own safety. I had a good laugh looking at that as well.

‘Everybody that runs an office has got all their boxes to tick and they’re doing it in all seriousness, but when you come to these places, you think, “This is a bit bonkers”.

‘The whole toilet sums up the UK’s reaction to all of this. It’s taking it tongue in cheek. It’s an absolute classic.

‘I don’t think I’d manage to hit the target from there. You’d need a mop afterwards, a reckon.

‘If you obeyed that rule you’d need to increase the number of cleaners or put a sticker on the front door saying ‘flood risk’.’ 

Other people also found the funny side with one commenting:  ‘At least they are injecting some fun into the situation. I love this game!’

Another joked: ‘It’ll be like playing on a squash court, you’ll have to return your opponent’s stream.’ contacted Kingdom Street for comment. 

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