> Freecycle ... asked local moderators to refocus local groups on crisis...
> and to only allow items which are essential/basic necessities
I disagree with this policy. Clearly people need to take precautions like maintaining social distance and sanitizing gifted items. But one size does not fit all, and it is not appropriate for moderators to mandate what can be given away! Items which may seem non-essential can play a significant role in allowing people to maintain their physical and emotional well-being during these difficult times. Picking up an item from someone's porch is probably lower risk than buying it from a store which requires waiting in line and interacting with a cashier.
I hope others will speak up about this too, and that moderators will not try to restrict which items are allowed.
Opinions on COVID-19 policy (SE of Ann Arbor)
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