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How can I protest while minimizing my risk of catching COVID-19 or spreading it to others?

Last Updated: 06/08/2020

NOTE: Testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. Get tested for COVID-19 after participating in large gatherings where social distancing is hard to maintain. To learn more about where and how to get tested, visit New Jersey's COVID-19 testing resource page.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Keep six feet between yourself and others whenever possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to prevent spreading respiratory droplets. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthwith unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, the CDC recommends staying home except to get medical care.

Visit the CDC site to learn more about how to protect yourself.

Note: First Amendment-protected outdoor activities, such as political protests of any persuasion or outdoor religious services, are not a violation of New Jersey's limits on outdoor gatherings. For more information, refer to Executive Order No. 152.

Source:; Executive Order No. 152