What you need to know to protest in Canada safely

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As rallies continue into the week on a global scale, health officials are reminding the public about the importance of protesting safely. We stand and fight with those looking to change the political and societal landscape of what it means to be human, but we beg each of you, to exercise your voices as cautiously as possible! COVID-19 is still a threat, and without your health, none of this will be possible.

First and foremost, wear a mask. While the turnouts for these protests are incredible, it has also made it difficult to physically distance. Protect your self and others by wearing a non-medical face covering.

Second, bring water and snacks. We realize we sound like your parents, but because the weather has been warmer, and the sun has been a little brighter, it’s important that you stay hydrated, and energized.

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If you have longer hair, keep it tied up. Keeping your hair out of your face will prevent you from fiddling around with loose pieces, ultimately keeping your hands away from your face.

Wear comfortable closed-toed shoes. Of course, this almost goes without saying, but you’re going to be on your feet for a long time. Blisters suck, and so does having your bare feet stepped on. We definitely wouldn’t recommend wearing sandals.

Bring bandaids and first aid supplies. In Canada, we’ve been fortunate enough to have seen mostly peaceful protests, but you can never be too careful. Just in case, it’s important that you’re prepared for anything.

It’s probably best not to wear bulky jewelry or large earrings. In a crowd of people, you can’t account for backpacks or stray signs that could potentially tug or pull at something you wouldn’t want them to.

Bring earplugs! These things get loud enough for the people way in the back. It’s important to protect yourself from the strong voices around you.

Come with washed hands and bring sanitizer or alcohol wipes. We realize you guys have heard this 9 thousand times, but that is for a reason. This could save lives.

Now, above all, be smart and be kind. This is bigger than your stupidity and selfishness. Come knowing what it is that you’re fighting for. Be respectful to those fighting for the same thing you are.

Without unity and peace among all protesters, the message of equality will not translate. Please, please, please be as careful as possible out there, Canada. Protesting safely is key. This movement needs you. All of you.

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