Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby
Mandy’s Soapbox a couple of weeks ago made a lot of sense and predictably provoked some nonsensical replies, like the suggestion that it was Mandy’s ‘emotional attachment to mask wearing’ that was stopping her visiting her favourite cafe.
More likely it was her realisation that none of us know that we, or any of the people around us, do not have COVID-19, and that masks substantially reduce the risk of catching covid or passing it on to someone else.
There may be no covid in our area, but we don’t know that for sure, and if that clown who got off a plane in Ballina with covid a few weeks ago and drove north to the Gold Coast had decided to stop off in Mullumbimby for a coffee, we might all be in home isolation by now.
As for division and disharmony, at least Mandy can go back to her favourite cafe when this is all over. After spending my money there for over 20 years I have been permanently banned from my favourite cafe for having the temerity to tell the current owner that I would not be back while she and her staff were not wearing masks.