How to stay safe at the BLM protest in Notts tomorrow
Social distancing is still important
On Sunday the 7th of June, a peaceful protest will be happening in Nottingham, in order to support the BLM movement.
With thousands expected to gather at Forest Recreational Ground, it is important to remember to stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and know how.
Maintain social distancing
Organisers of the protest have emphasised that it will be a peaceful protest, as opposed to a march. Although the protest was due to happen in Market Square in town, by moving the protest to a larger area organisers hope that people will be able to be more spread out.
It is thus important to try at stay two metres away from others at all times, where possible.
Although social distancing might be challenging if thousands are expected to gather, clothing items such as face masks and gloves can be taken as a precaution. It puts people less at risk for both the spread and contraction of the virus.
Bring hand sanitiser and use it often
Hygiene is extremely important, so remember to use antibacterial products regularly, and be cautious of touching things where other’s might have also touched.
Do not go to a protest if you have coronavirus symptoms
This is a given. Always follow the Government guidelines to protect yourself and the people around you.
However, if you don’t feel safe protesting, or are unable to physically be present, know what else you can do to help.
Petitions you can sign
Disclaimer: if you donate after signing a Change.org petition, the money doesn’t go to the cause itself, but to the website.
If you can’t afford to donate
All of the money made from advertising revenue will be donated to causes such as the ones mentioned above. All you have to do is disable ad-blockers, leave the adverts running and watch the video.
#BlackLivesMatter reading list
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
The Good Immigrant ed. Nikesh Shukla
UK-based charities, organisations and platforms whose work aims to eradicate racial injustice
These are just a few small steps that you can take right now to help the fight for justice.
Featured image via SWNS.