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How to protest safely during Covid-19

This week Gold Rent Strike x Gold Fees Strike are holding a week of action as a show of strength to Senior Management and make it clear their movements are not going away until their demands are met. It will finish with a rally on the Goldsmiths Green on Sunday, 2nd May.

If you want to come along and show your support, but aren’t sure if it’s safe to do so because of the pandemic, here are some things you can do to be more Covid-safe when protesting during these times:

Stick to the rule of six

  • Travel in groups of six
  • Stick to this group as much as possible and don’t move in and out of other groups of six throughout the day
  • If you’re marching, wait 30 second intervals between groups of six
  • If you’re congregating, look to see if your group can stand near a loud speaker rather than congregating near the person speaking.

Make sure you have appropriate PPE

  • Bring face masks, visors, anti-bac wipes and gels, and gloves
  • Although we can choose not to wear a face covering outdoors at the moment, government guidance states that we should wear one where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • You should arrive with Organisers

Get tested 

  • Take advantage of the on-campus Covid-19 testing facilities
  • Free government lateral flow tests take two days to arrive, so make sure you take them in advance of any protest
  • Do not come to the protest if you have any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste