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Public restrooms will now be required to have changing tables in Champaign

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The Champaign City Council approved an ordinance on May 16 requiring certain new construction occupancies to include baby-changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

The ordinance is an addition to Champaign municipal building safety codes and states, “public toilet rooms shall provide diaper changing stations in the men’s and women’s restrooms or in a unisex/family restroom.”

The ordinance applies to any new construction of 10 different types of occupancies including restaurants with a seating capacity of 50 or more seats, mercantile stores 5,000 square feet or more, theaters, and sports arenas.

City officials worked with the Champaign Urbana Public Health District in researching similar practices in other areas and came up with a proposed building code that was brought before the city council last month.

The new ordinance unanimously passed 9-0 and went into effect June 1.

Read more from the report here.

Top photo by Tom Ackerman from the Blind Pig.

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