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Couriers left without restrooms as gas stations shut down don't have access amid COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 6:58 pm PDT

FILE - This Dec. 11, 2018 file photo shows an Amazon package containing a GPS tracker on the porch of a Jersey City, N.J. residence after its delivery.(AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Couriers making the rounds through metro Vancouver say they're being shut out of their usual public restrooms

Drivers are told "safety reasons" are why many of the public restrooms are locked-off

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Amid all the shutdowns and reduction in public services throughout Metro Vancouver, couriers say they don’t have access to the restrooms anymore since the coronavirus virus.

Ed Ashley, head of DanFoss Couriers, says his drivers could typically use to take a bathroom break while on the road, but according to drivers, they are being shut out of Petro Canada gas station bathrooms due to “safety concerns.”

“How do you expect these people to keep working out there, taking the risks that they take and being told no, you can’t use a washroom.”

They’re providing an essential service, but also have to fulfill a service the human body requires Ashley says.

“If you’re not able to go inside any of the delivery points, which is the rule right now, we deliver to the outside of the care homes, to the outside of the hospital, to the receiving area, where you deliver to the outside of your door as a customer on Amazon, where do we go?”

Ashley has contacted Coastal Health in hopes changes will be made to help drivers.

“This is a no brainer. If you want essential services people out there, they need a bathroom,” Ashley tells NEWS 1130.


-With files from Tim James