Black Lives Matter protest to take place in Godiva Square on Sunday

Protesters have been encouraged not to attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19

A Black Lives Matter protest is due to take place in Godiva Square on Sunday 7th of March. The protest follows one of many currently being held in the UK after the death of George Floyd last week in America.

Georgina, an organiser of the Coventry Black Lives Matter protest, spoke to The Coventry Tab. She said: “Despite being organised by teenagers and no official group, the protest has reached hundreds of people and the turnout is expected the be huge.

“The plan is to meet in Godiva Square, there will be some speeches, a kneel for George Floyd and people will be chanting messages.

“We want to pay our respects to George and also draw attention to the injustices in our own country. Our main message is Black Lives Matter.

“In terms of future events, providing Sunday is a success I would definitely love to put another similar protest together.”

The protest is to take place between 1:30pm – 3pm and the organisers have put safety precautions in place so that protesters stay safe due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Protesters are encouraged to wear gloves and a mask, come in groups of three people maximum and are encouraged to socially distance.

According to the protests Instagram page, markers will be drawn out on the floor at two metres apart and PPE will be available on the day for anyone unable to acquire it before the protest.

Anyone who is high risk, showing symptoms or is living with someone who is showing symptoms have been encouraged to stay home.