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Keep libraries open as essential services.

Submitted by Babsi Jane Vyse on Wednesday 6th January 2021

Published on Wednesday 13th January 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Current Signatures: 11
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Books ~ Children ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Education ~ Essential ~ Extraordinary ~ HomeSchooling ~ measures ~ Reading ~ remain ~ supermarkets ~ Test and Trace ~ testing ~ Tests ~ Time

Petition Action

Keep libraries open as essential services.

Petition Details

Class libraries as essential so they can remain open. Books are a lifeline for those who cannot afford to buy and with homeschooling thrust upon children, libraries are an essential resource education wise. With test and trace and other safety measures in place libraries are as safe as supermarkets.

Additional Information

Libraries are essential to many home educators, especially to the those unable to buy new or second hand. The benefits of reading on mental health are also well documented. In this extraordinary time of homeschooling and social isolation, libraries are a lifeline to many people and closing them affects only the poorest in society. With strict measures already in place, e.g limiting numbers, test and trace, one ways systems, and quarantining books, libraries pose less of a risk than supermarkets.


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