Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey wants protesters destroying the city to wear masks and practice social distancing.
“The City encourages everyone to exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations, including wearing masks and physical distancing as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City has made hundreds of masks available to protesters this week,” the mayor and other city officials said in a statement.
In protests across the U.S., rioters are packed in like sardines — and police, who have broken up even small gatherings of people and cleared beachgoers from the shore, have done nothing.
Other mayors and governors have said much the same thing as Frey.
New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo said everyone can protest, just wear a mask.
CNN medical analyst Dr. James Phillips, a physician and assistant professor at George Washington University Hospital, stressed the importance for protesters to protect themselves.“This can be done in a relatively safe manner by trying to distance yourself and wearing those masks,” he said Saturday.“But understanding that shouting and cheering loudly, that does produce a lot of droplets and aerosolization that can spread the virus to people. So it’s important to remember, in the middle of a tinder box that is America right now and with all these protests taking place, we can’t lose sight of the fact there’s a deadly virus circulating and it can still spread.”
The mayor said the demonstrations amid a pandemic is “a very, very complicated reality.”
“You cannot see overt racism, you cannot see overt racist murder and not feel something profoundly deep, so I understand that,” de Blasio added. “But the last thing we would want to see is members of our community harmed because the virus spread in one of these settings.”