Under Richmond Tweed Library restrictions announced today, our local libraries are now only offering click and collect, and online ordering of books, and have stopped patrons from entering their buildings until 1 December, 2021. WHY?
In the words of the acting regional library manager, Lucy Kingsley, ‘It was a difficult decision to make, but one that provided the most equitable service to our community’.
How is it equitable when this decision is so discriminatory towards anyone who isn’t on the internet? Many elderly people rely on their weekly or fortnightly visits to our libraries not just for collecting books, but for social interaction, as well as that very old-fashioned activity known as ‘browsing the shelves’!
Today was the day when restrictions are supposed to be eased, but the majority of patrons who have been doubly vaccinated are now being actively discriminated against. This is NOT equitable!
If our libraries were private businesses, they would have every right to close if they were uncomfortable asking their customers for vaccination proof. However, as our libraries are publicly funded, we the public should not be barred from access to these precious community facilities now that more freedoms are available to the doubly vaxxed.