Mayors from Chicago to London are voicing their support for protesters angry of George Floyd’s death and the larger issue of how police treat black people. Some mayors have marched with protesters while others tweet or otherwise show they are with them.
But then many of those same mayors call on people to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Londoners of all ages, races and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to come together peacefully. I stand with you. George Floyd’s brutal killing must lead to immediate and lasting change everywhere.”
“Please remember that Covid-19 is still a very real threat. I urge people to consider ways of making your voice heard that doesn’t put yourself and others at risk. If you are planning to protest today you please do so safely, peacefully and within the law.”
There haven’t been many, if any, pictures of protesters in large cities standing six feet apart.
If we don’t get a surge in COVID-19 cases among protesters, then it will call into question how the lockdowns were handled. If we do get a surge of COVID-19 cases among protesters, then it will call into question how the protests were handled.