June 19, 2020

Protecting yourself and others while protesting

Your safety is a priority for Kaiser Permanente. If you choose to join a demonstration, protect yourself and others with these simple safety tips.

We encourage you to review our health and safety tips for being outside your home and in public during the pandemic.

While sheltering at home and social distancing have slowed the spread of COVID-19, the recent increase in cases across the nation is a reminder that the virus is still active and spreading in our communities. We should all continue to embrace social distancing measures including maintaining 6 feet of distance between us and wearing masks in public.

There are ways to decrease your chance of exposure when spending time in public. Visiting parks or beaches, and taking part in parades, protests, and other gatherings are all activities that can increase your risk of exposure. We encourage you to review the following tips that will help you stay as safe and healthy as possible while outside your home and in public.

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How can I protect myself from COVID-19 if I choose to protest?

In addition to keeping our members safe and healthy, Kaiser Permanente cares deeply about equality, inclusion, and social justice. If you choose to attend a protest, please protect yourself, your family, and your community. Here are steps you can take to protest safely and help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Attend the event with people you’ve sheltered with. Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from others when possible.
  • Carry a sign to share your message. Shouting or singing can spread droplets.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering over your mouth and nose.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer during and after the event.
  • Don’t share phones or other personal items.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.