London Mayor urges protesters to follow social distancing measures to keep safe

It’s not just US officials who are concerned about the coronavirus spreading as a result of crowds gathering for protests related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged Black Lives Matter protesters to keep 2 meters (6 feet) apart and wear a face covering ahead of a planned demonstration in the city’s Trafalgar Square on Friday.

“We understand why people want to protest and make clear that Black Lives Matter, it’s really important that people who feel strongly about this are able to protest, but we are in the midst of a global pandemic,” Khan told UK broadcaster Sky News on Friday.

He urged protesters to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, and said if they can’t do so, they should use hand sanitizer. “These rules are there to keep you safe and your loved ones as well,” he added.

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