Public safety is a central concern for us, and is at the heart of all our actions
The primary aim of the movement is to preserve life on the planet
Rebels who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 should not feel pressured to take part in physical actions There are plenty of ways you can contribute from home. Get in touch with us and we can guide you
Most importantly, rebels should not participate in any actions if they, or a person they have been in contact with, has had coronavirus symptoms in the previous 14 days.
If your area is on the Coronavirus watchlist please do not come!
Key covid-19 precautions
Nominated COVID-19 safety stewards are present at protests to keep people
alert and remind them of the importance of the necessary Protection
It is up to rebels to keep themselves informed of risks, the latest public health guidance and the latest regulations
You can also read here about the latest governmental guidance on COVID-1
Extinction Rebellion Wantage follows the science. For this reason we chose to cancel our April protest and to move all our meetings online two weeks before the Government recognised the need for social distancing back in March. Yet the scientific and legal evidence now supports the need for protest.
The upcoming rebellion is fully legal under current Covid legislation*. Outdoor gatherings, including those of more than thirty people, are legal if organised by a ‘political body’. Regulations define a ‘political body’ as one ‘doing activities which promote changes in law or government policy’, such as the actions of Extinction Rebellion.
Scientific evidence shows that the transmission risk from outdoor events is very low. Protests, such as those of Black Lives Matter, have not led to spikes in infections.
Instead 90% of all transmission events happen at home, in workplaces, on public transport, at social gatherings, and in restaurants. At a time when the Government is encouraging the public to eat and drink out, open-air protests have a negligible impact on infection rates.
While scientific evidence shows that the risks of open air protests are low, it simultaneously highlights the cost of not demanding change on climate and ecological breakdown. In the last month alone temperature records were broken and a report was released showing that the rate of ice loss matches the worst-case scenario predictions of the UN’s IPCC report.
This 2018 report warned that the world had twelve years to take action to avert the worst of climate and ecological breakdown, but current modelling suggests that the time frame to act may be much shorter.
Extinction Rebellion follows the science, and the science calls on citizens to rebel!
*The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020, introduced on 4 July, as amended on 15 August