The Questionable Plexiglass Partitions in the Men’s Bathroom at Boston’s TD Garden
If you've ever been to a concert or game at TD Garden in Boston, then you might have noticed something odd like I did.
Last weekend, I was one of the lucky ones to see Post Malone before he postponed his tour after being hospitalized for sharp chest pains.
Whenever I'm at any event, I make it a habit to visit the restroom before finding my seat so I don't have to miss any of the show. Not a bad strategy.
When I entered the men's room, my eyes immediately locked in on the plexiglass partitions installed after the Covid outbreak for health and safety.
I have so many questions for the person who designed them.
First of all, I am far from shy when it comes to neighboring someone in tight quarters. I have a job to do and my eyes are focused on the wall ahead. However, I am curious as to why the designers used clear plexiglass as opposed to opaque or even painted.
Again, I understand it's primarily for Covid reasons rather than privacy, and it most likely has to do with budget, but considering what people do when they stand at urinals, the question remains.
Secondly, can we address the height of these barriers? Yes, they are designed to shield us from breathing on each other and spreading germs, but why not bring them a little bit closer to the floor? If a kid goes in there who is just tall enough to use the urinals, there's not that much protection from whatever is happening at the next urinal.
You really can't blame TD Garden, I guess. They were simply trying to do their part to protect the public, like everyone else. As for who they hired to make these partitions, that's a whole other story.
Will these questionable urinal dividers sway my decision to go see a concert or the Boston Celtics play?
Not a chance, because, well, when you gotta go, you gotta go.