With all the criticism and concerns that followed on the heals of last weeks' lack of social distancing during a pandemic at the large Oneonta rally in Downtown Oneonta's Muller Plaza that called for social justice in the death of George Floyd, Cooperstown rally organizers are cautiously planning a social distancing rally this Sunday.

According to AllOTSEGO, organizers for this Sunday's Cooperstown rally hope to avoid people getting too close to each other and have created rules for participation at the Otsego County courthouse. Village Trustee MacGuire Benton, who was at Oneonta's rally and is one of the Cooperstown rally coordinators, says, “We will have people spread out to the extent possible.”

Rally- goers will have to wear masks and will be put into small groups of no more than 50 people, to promote social distancing. In addition, Cooperstown Distillery's hand sanitizer will be available to attendees to hinder the spread of any infections.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch says that the current plan is for police officers to be “in the vicinity in case they’re needed, but away from the actual protest unless summoned.”

The Cooperstown rally will take place in front of the Otsego County courthouse starting at 1:00 p.m. Reverand LaDana Clark is scheduled to speak along with other speakers and donations will be collected for the Oneonta area NAACP and ACLU.

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