Tips For Staying Safe While Protesting

George Floyd’s death may have sparked nationwide protests, but the issues at the center of these gatherings are far from new.

If you feel passionate about continued racial disparities and want to do your part, protesting allows you to get the message across. Unfortunately, it’s far from risk-free, especially in a time of COVID-19. Follow these steps to keep yourself — and your fellow protesters — safe.

Continue Coronavirus Precautions

Technically, the very act of protesting invites the spread of coronavirus. This spread can be limited, however, if you and other protesters follow the usual disease prevention protocol: stay at least six feet apart, wear masks, and use plenty of hand sanitizer.

If you feel at all sick, skip the protest. You can still support the cause from afar by sharing your thoughts on social media or financially contributing to relevant organizations. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your perspective in the future but limited opportunities for reducing the spread of a dangerous disease in the present.

Take It To The Streets

Research indicates that outdoor settings limit the spread of COVID-19. Still, not all outdoor areas are created equal — especially when urban protests are involved. When in doubt, stick with wide-open spaces that allow you and other protesters to spread out.

Protest With a Member of Your Household

While many protests have remained peaceful, violence breaks out on occasion. If you’re worried, plan to attend with a spouse, roommate, or other household members. If you’re unable to attend with somebody from home, find a socially distanced partner. Keep your phone charged and on hand in case of an emergency.