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‘Protests make physical distancing impossible,’ says St. Joseph County health official

Protesters gathered in downtown South Bend to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—As two protests planned for Saturday in South Bend unfold, St. Joseph County’s deputy health officer is sharing his thoughts on rallies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Any large gathering poses some risk in the setting of the coronavirus pandemic. Outdoor activities are generally safer, though the crowds seen at many protests/rallies make physical distancing impossible. Such situations underscore the importance of rigorous attention to hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette; additionally, wearing a properly fitting mask will reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and serve to protect others at the rally/protest,” Dr. Mark Fox said on Saturday.

Protesters gathered in downtown South Bend around noon on Saturday to march to Howard Park to speak out regarding the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Many of the protesters donned face masks but walked together as a large group to their destination.

Another protest in South Bend is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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