Protesting during COVID-19
What do we need to know?
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Questions to Ask Before Protesting
- What is the current local guidance related to COVID-19?
- Who else lives with you right now and would be at risk for exposure?
- Some individuals are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.
- Where can you safely go to quarantine if you are possibly exposed?
- Where can you go if returning to your residence puts others at risk?
- Do you have a buddy or group to go with?
- Be sure to discuss with each other boundaries on scenarios with little social distancing, if the protest is broken up, and if you get split up.
- Who else can you trust to make sure someone knows where you are going and plan to be at all times?
- What should you bring?
- Consider the following:
- Face covering to limit potential viral exposure within the crowd
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Hat and sunscreen
- A fully charged phone/extra battery pack and charger
- Emergency contacts with telephone numbers
- Food and water
- Consider the following:
- Wear a face covering and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Your face covering should cover your mouth and your nose at all times.
- If you have extra, consider bringing some for others who may not have them.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from others to maintain physical distancing.
- Stay hydrated by frequently drinking water.
- Don’t shake hands, hug, share drinks or engage in long face-to-face conversations.
- Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Regularly clean and sanitize any surfaces you touch, such as your cell phone.
- UCLA Health urges individuals who are protesting to consider using signs or posters, or other non-verbal communication as alternatives to chanting or shouting.
- Change your clothes as soon as possible, shower and disinfect your belongings.
- Do not put contaminated clothes in with other laundry.
- Consider a two week quarantine. It is possible to transmit SARS-CoV-2 without showing any symptoms.
- Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
- If a student identifies symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, that student should contact University Student Health Services.
- Check out information on reserving space at VCU.
- Additional information and resources on protesting during COVID-19 can be found on NPR, Amnesty International, and the Virginia ACLU.
*This information was adapted, in part, from UCDavis