As the COVID-19 Medical Response Office has said: “Our expert opinion: Parties aren’t worth the risk. Attending social gatherings increases your number of close contacts, and every new close contact increases the risk of the virus spreading throughout the community.”

This doesn’t mean don’t socialize at all. In fact, staying socially engaged is one of the best things you can do right now! Just be cognizant, safe, wear a face covering, and keep distance.

In the weeks to come, the best thing you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is to always be aware of the number of new close contacts you make, friends or significant others, and keep them to a minimum. To be clear, we mean physically close (i.e. within 6 feet, with or without a face covering, as described by the CDC).

Here are some things you can do to keep life engaging in the Elevated or Guarded Risk posture after pod week.

If you want to exercise:

  • Sports (frisbee, baseball, tennis, badminton, volleyball… no contact activities)
  • Reserve a spot at a University rec center
  • Book a slot for a group fitness class
  • Hiking (trails at Schenley or Highland Park)

If you’re looking for things to do in the evening:

If you love Game Night:

If you’re on a budget:

If it’s cold outside:

  • Bring your own sled to Schenley Park’s rolling hills
  • Reserve tickets online for ice skating at the Schenley Park's outdoor rink or The Rink at PPG Place
  • Visit one of Pittsburgh's great museums for free with a valid Pitt Student ID
  • Have a (friendly) snowball fight
  • Bake cookies and drop them off at a friend’s door
  • Take up knitting or crocheting to keep busy and warm
  • Ask your sweetest friends to do a hot chocolate recipe swap
  • Bundle up and take a hike
  • Check out Pittwire Live and the University’s calendar for virtual indoor activities

Have conversations with friends about your expectations for physical distancing, wearing a face covering and hand hygiene. Respectfully express your concerns. Remember the Community Compact. If you have concerns you’re not comfortable sharing directly, you can report anonymously.