City to open shower facilities at Royal Athletic Park to people without homes

People without homes who are living in public parks during the COVID-19 pandemic soon will be able to take a shower at Royal Athletic Park.

Victoria city councillors voted Thursday to either open the park’s shower facilities or set up a portable shower trailer in the parking lot.

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Mayor Lisa Helps said additional money needed to operate and clean the showers will come from federal and provincial pandemic “restart” programs.

“I think access to hygiene is a very basic human right,” Coun. Jeremy Loveday said. “And if we have these showers available and can let the public use them in this time of crisis, I think that’s an important step we can take.”

— Times Colonist

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