GBC does not have a position on whether or how people should protest during lockdown. We do however, have an ongoing commitment to legal rights and opposing repressive policing of protests.
Many people are aiming to keep to social distancing when protesting. You should be aware however that police movements may make this difficult, and it is possible that police lines could prevent you being able to leave a situation, even if your health is threatened.
If you wish to avoid crowds but still support people taking action, you could help organise police station support. In most cases it should be possible to carry out this valuable role whilst maintaining social distancing (though we do not recommend this role to people who are high risk or shielding).
Facemasks & coverings
Many people are choosing to wear facemasks to protect themselves and others from coronavirus, and you have the right to cover your face during a demonstration.
The police cannot require you to remove a face covering unless it is during a Stop and Search, or there is a blanket 60AA power in place and “there is reason to believe that the item is being worn wholly or mainly for the purpose of disguising identity”.
Given the current government guidance encouraging the use of facemasks in public for health reasons, if police demand you to remove a facemask ask “under what power”. Please contact email@example.com if you have experienced a demand to remove a mask.