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Protests (1228A/20)


Regarding your police force’s response to protest organising during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, I am asking the following:

  1. How many protest organisers have contacted your force stating their plans to organise a protest between 23rd March 2020 and 15th December 2020?
  2. Of these, how many protests were approved?
  3. how many were rejected on the grounds of coronavirus legislation?
  4. How many were cancelled or postponed by the organisers of their own accord?
  5. When dealing with protest requests, does your force provide routine guidance, questionnaires or templates to those seeking to organise? If yes, please attach these. Given changes in Regulations, please provide for each period:
  • Between 23rd March 2020 and 3rd July 2020 (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020)
  • Between 3rd July 2020 and 14th October 2020 (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2020)
  • Between 14th October 2020 and 5th November 2020 (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local Alert Level) (England) Regulations 2020)
  • Between 5th November 2020 and 2nd December 2020 (Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020)
  • From 2nd December 2020 to 15th December 2020(Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (All Tiers) Regulations 2020)
    1. 3. What is your force’s procedure for assessing risk assessments provided by protest organisers?


Please see our response attached.