In Canada, especially in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, lockdowns and curfews have been implemented repeatedly, causing many disagreements among the citizens. In response, multiple protests have been organized in which people express their frustrations with the continuous health restrictions.
While marches and protests are generally an important outlet for the masses to communicate their needs and to drive social change, in the case of Covid-19 safety measures, these events have proven to expose participants and non-participants to major health risks. In particular, because in protest against the official restrictions, people are actively disobeying governmental advice that is intended to keep everybody safe.
Such rebellion includes large gatherings, tight crowds that do not practice social distancing, and the neglect of wearing face masks for protection. By people not protecting themselves, and therefore not protecting the ones around them, all these activities present opportunities for the virus to transmit and spread across the communities at large.
Ultimately, the result of such protest is not only the increase in infections and possible deaths, but also the prolonging of the health restrictions that are being fought against. After all, it has to be understood that an infectious disease, such as the Coronavirus, that affects the entire world population, is not a political debate. It is not about personal opinions, but merely about scientific expertise and facts.
So, the best way to effectively make the lockdowns and curfews end is to actually follow the advice by health professionals and to stay safe. The more rigid our communities are able to be in sticking to the rules, the faster we will be able to overcome this crisis together.
With this being said, this is not to say that the crowds should stay silent. As a democracy, we are entitled and encouraged to use our voices and demand to be heard. If there is social injustice and/or disagreements with the ones in power, such as being dissatisfied with how current situations are handled, it certainly should be addressed. However, this shall work as a reminder that we can express ourselves safely, in a way that does not expose everyone to further dangers.
As mentioned before, the frustrations and exhaustion is felt and understood by everyone. This virus has been affecting all of us without exception. We, therefore, must fight the fight as a unit and keep each other safe to do so successfully.
Wear your masks, social distance, and soon enough we’ll make it.