Protesting Safely During COVID-19
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
- 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.
- Change your clothes, preferably close to the door.
- 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.