Eugene’s Mass Protest During A Pandemic: Some Practice Safety, Some Don't

Jun 1, 2020

Over the weekend, Eugene saw record numbers of protesters gathered and marching-- in close proximity-- for hours. All in the midst of a pandemic. Images of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest reveal thousands of participants wearing masks-- but several of the organizers on stage were un-masked and very close together.

In these photos of the Black Lives Matter Protest and March, most people wear masks but some do not.
Credit Melorie Begay

When it comes to these kinds of activities, Lane County Public Health urges a stronger focus on distancing, masking and good hygiene practices. 

Spokesman Jason Davis:

“We certainly understand the need to make your voice heard but potentially now is the time to look for alternative ways," Davis said,  "if you’re part of one of those groups that could be really severely affected if you happen to contract COVID.”

Health officials continue to warn that people over 65 or those with pre-existing conditions are at increased risk. Davis says Public Health could see a surge in new cases as a result of the recent mass gatherings. If it happens, he says- the health agency will be prepared.