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Luton Borough Council

14/05/2021 - Luton town centre protest 14 May

Bedfordshire Police and Luton Council have been liaising with the organisers of a planned protest in Luton Town Centre taking place from 3pm today.

With a high number of people expected, we have been providing advice and support to the organisers on their plans and risk assessments to enable those attending to carry out their legal right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring Covid-19 safety measures are in place.
 
Chief Inspector Jamie Langwith said: “Although restrictions are due to ease again shortly, Covid infection rates still remain high in some parts of Bedfordshire, so we are encouraging people not to become complacent and risk undermining what we’ve achieved so far.
 
“Please continue to wear a face covering in enclosed public areas and social distance from people not in your household.
 
“We know the vast majority of our residents are playing their part and sticking to the rules and would urge people to continue to remember hands, face, space and help us continue to keep Bedfordshire safe.”

Robin Porter, Chief Executive of Luton Council, said: “We ask anyone who plans to attend today’s protest to ensure they wear a face covering, maintain social distance from anyone they don’t live with and carry hand sanitiser with them. If you or anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate at home and not attend today’s event.
 
“Whilst peaceful protest is an important part of our democracy, and we recognise the deep concern across our communities about events overseas, we can’t forget that we’re still in a pandemic and need to follow these simple rules to keep ourselves and others safe.”
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