Here Are Ottawa Public Health's Official Dos & Don'ts Of Protesting In A Pandemic
They say protesters should avoid yelling.
Staying safe in a protest is always important. However, there are also new precautions to be aware of in a global pandemic. Luckily, some tips have been shared on how to attend the Ottawa protest while being mindful of your own health and the health of others.
Ottawa Public Health shared an infographic on its Twitter account ahead of the city'staking place at 3:00 PM on June 5.
"We understand that people are hurting and voices need to be heard," a message at the top of the image states, "We are listening. Take care of one another and be as safe as possible."
There are several tips on what to do before and after the protest on the graphic, with a focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Some of the things protesters should do while they are out include some already well-known tips including wearing a cloth mask at all times, washing or cleaning their hands regularly, and maintaining two metres of distance.
Ottawa Public Health is also recommending that people use objects like drums or thunder sticks to make noise rather than shouting, as this can spread water droplets carrying the virus further.
After leaving the protest, people are advised to wash all of their clothes and shower as soon as possible. They are also told to disinfect any items and self-monitor for any potential symptoms.
Dr. Vera Etches, the city's Medical Officer of Health, had previously said that anyone in Ottawa who is experiencing any symptoms.
Ottawa Public Health is also recommending that people should avoidif they are feeling sick in any way, if they are in a high-risk group or have a pre-existing condition, or if they are regularly in contact with high-risk individuals.