Canadian health officials urge George Floyd protesters to stay safe amid COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has invested millions of dollars to combat racism in Canada but acknowledges the status quo is unacceptable and more needs to be done. The comments follow days of sometimes violent protests in the United States over the police killing of a Black man, George Floyd, which was captured on video.

As protesters keep up their anti-racism rallies on both sides of the border, top health officials are hoping they don’t forget about the risk of COVID-19.

Canadian health officials are not suggesting people avoid protests, but they are stressing the importance of hand sanitizer and masks.

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With physical distance being nearly impossible in some of these settings, rally-goers may have to find other ways to try to keep themselves safe.

Protests have taken place in several Canadian cities in the aftermath of a Black man dying last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck.

George Floyd‘s death has sent throngs into the streets in several U.S. and Canadian cities to decry systemic racism and police brutality.

Meanwhile, House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota is scheduled today to appear at a committee on procedure and House affairs.

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He is expected to discuss the hybrid parliament and how it is functioning during the pandemic.

The Senate finance committee also meets today with many major industry leaders set to appear.

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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