Protesting Safely During COVID-19

June 08, 2020

Tips on how to protest safely during the current pandemic.

With protests happening around the world, we have compiled some resources for you to consider to protest safely during a pandemic.

Before You Go

  • Go with a friend and let someone not at the protest know where you will be.
    • Plan on getting arrested.
    • Who will you call? Have and give this person the number to the National Lawyers Guild.
  • Look up your rights and know them.
  • Wear clothes that cover your skin to protect it from the sun and any possible chemicals.
  • Wear or take a hat.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and consider if you need to pack a backup pair.
  • Supplies to consider packing:
    • first aid kit
    • mask for yourself and a friend
    • water to drink and that can be used to clean skin and eyes
    • snacks, preferably high in protein
    • sunscreen
    • hand sanitizer
    • a mask for yourself and others to share
    • diluted baby shampoo to rinse eyes if needed
    • pad and pen to document events

As You Are Protesting

  • Enable a passcode on your phone, disabling face and touch ID.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Practice proper COVID procedures as able.
    • Wear a mask.
    • Try to keep space between yourself and other if possible.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • Do not shake hands.
    • Do not share drinks.
    • Avoid touching your face.
  • Document any injuries caused with photos as well as the location and time they occurred.
  • Do not share any images of protesters on social media to protect their identities.
  • If your eyes are exposed to pepper spray or tear gas:
    • Do NOT flush with milk.
    • Do not rub your eyes.
    • Tilt your head sideways and rinse each eye with water (and diluted baby shampoo if you packed any).
    • Blinking and rinsing are most effective.
  • Do not have any cannabis items as this is still federally illegal.

After Protesting

  • Change your clothes, preferably close to the door.
  • Shower.
  • Disinfect your belongings.
  • Consider a 14 day self-isolation. Remember COVID-19 can be transmitted without showing symptoms.
  • Do not share photos on social media to protect the identity of protesters.
  • As soon as possible, shower, and disinfect your belongings.
  • Continue to take care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally.

These tips were compiled from the resources below. Visit them for more information.

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