Sorry guys! I did some really extensive research, and it turns out it’s actually wildly irresponsible to go to any social gathering or event that doesn’t take proper social distancing measures into account! I also found out that each of us has a responsibility to stay safe so that we can protect not only ourselves, but anyone else that we might come in contact with. That being said, it’s still possible to stay responsible, enjoy quality time with friends, and make great memories.
Meet virtually whenever possible
This goes without saying, but even the best PPE and social distancing practices aren’t as effective as staying home. For groups of more than a few people, consider organizing a virtual get-together, such as a Netflix watch party or a Zoom meeting. There’s a wide variety of online games that you can play on Zoom, such as Pictionary, Heads Up, or even Cards Against Humanity. Plus, if you’re over 21, a quick google search will yield a number of virtual drinking game ideas to play with your friends.
It’s true that virtual hangouts might not be an exact substitute for their in-person counterparts, but they’re certainly the safest and most responsible way to interact with others. If you must meet up in person, continue reading to learn how to organize a gathering in compliance with state, local, and university guidelines.
Meet (responsibly) in person
If you opt to meet up with friends in person, you must take every precaution to protect yourself and anyone else present. Gatherings should not exceed 10 people, everyone should wear face masks while maintaining 6 feet of distance at all times, and you should stay home if you feel sick. You should also review Mason’s Safe Return to Campus website and make every effort to comply with state and county guidelines.
Once you’ve decided who to invite, you’ll need to choose a location to meet. Bars and restaurants may be open, but that doesn’t mean that they are the safest option. Try to choose a non-crowded area where you can easily maintain 6 feet of distance, such as a backyard, local park, or even a drive-in movie. You could also meet in someone’s home as long as there’s enough space inside to accommodate everyone.
If at any point you become aware of an off-campus gathering with 10 or more people or is unsafe in any other way, be sure to report it to University Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t let anyone put themselves or others at risk!
Come to our On-Campus Lounge for Off-Campus Students for a socially distanced hang out!
No matter how you choose to socialize, remember that you are your own first line of defense. No matter where you’re going, carry hand sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, and avoid touching your face. The choices that you make not only affect you, but have the potential to affect your friends, family, and even strangers. So, while it’s important to get out of the house or spend time with friends, please remember to put safety first.