Precautions for Organizing During COVID-19

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has made organizing in traditional manners more complicated than ever. If you are planning to participate in marches or protests, take precautions to protect yourself and those around you from exposure to COVID-19. 

  • Before you attend an action or event, consider if there are any high risk factors for COVID exposure that may apply to you, such as : 

    • If you or anyone in your household or that you have had contact with in the past two weeks has displayed any COVID symptoms (fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, diarrhea);

    • If you or anyone in your household is 65 or older;

    • If you or anyone in your household has any underlying health issues, past or present, that may increase risk of COVID: asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, or immuno-compromised health considerations;

    • If you will be traveling to or from the action on public transit;

    • If you have traveled anywhere outside of Houston or been in a hospital in the past 30 days.

  • Additional protective gear. Beyond standard clothing, footwear, and equipment for organizing under normal circumstances, consider using additional protective gear for any organizing event(s). Gear such as: 

    • Disposable exam gloves.

    • Hand sanitizer or soap and water.

    • Face mask.

    • Layer of removable exterior clothing and a plastic bag:

      • Consider wearing a layer of exterior clothing that you can remove after the action and put in the plastic bag before you re-enter your household or another public place.

  • Practice responsible social distancing. Stay at least 6-feet away from other people unless it’s impossible to avoid it. That includes people participating in the action as well as any law enforcement officials or other bystanders.

    • If you need to speak with a person participating in the action we recommend:

      • Before approaching the person to speak, ask for consent.

      • With consent, approach them face to face but slightly to the side. Stay 6-feet away unless you cannot speak with needed privacy from that distance; if you have to move closer, stay as far away as possible, asking for additional consent to get any closer than 6-feet.

      • If you need to be closer than 6-feet away for private communication, move to the person’s side and speak towards the person’s ear, not to their face.

      • Speak as briefly as possible. Then confirm they heard you and immediately step back to 6-feet away.

      • At no time should you be closer than 6-feet away.

  • After the action is over.

    • Remove your exterior lawyer of extra clothing and place it in your plastic bag before returning home or entering any other place with other people around (like a store).

    • If after the action, you develop any COVID symptoms, such as a fever, get tested immediately and if positive contact the event organizers to let them know.