Preparing for social distancing

This morning I went to the library to grab the things I’ll need at home over the next few weeks. The library was closed — it always is on Sunday mornings, and with spring break this week it won’t open until Monday. It was quiet and dark and I took the chance to crank Deafheaven while I was packing up my things.

The county has closed all the schools, the local public library is shutting its doors, and the city-owned gym is going offline. That leaves our academic library as the only large public space that will still be open for at least twenty miles in any direction. I’m worried about my colleagues, and especially the staff and students who will be working at the service desks. The state needs to end this pretense of keeping the SUNY colleges open through the pandemic.