Black Lives Matter Calgary is asking those who attended the protests in solidarity with Americans who have been taking to the streets in that country following the death of a black man in police custody to get tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.
Black Lives Matter Calgary chapter says, “If you attended the protest on Monday (June 1), please get tested the following Monday (June 8). This will give enough time for COVID-19 to show up on your results if you have contracted it.”
“This is just another safety measure the people need to take. We don’t know of any positive cases that were at the protest.”
Drop-in testing is available at Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at 1820 Richmond Road S.W. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing is available to all Albertans, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
Canadian health officialsare not suggesting people avoid protests, but they are stressing the importance of hand sanitizer and masks.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is also cautioning those intending to take part in anti-racism protests to remember the risks posed by COVID-19.