Social Distancing

Broadcast Journalism student Anan Hussein was the only in-person student for Photojournalism with Professor Will Yurman on October 8, 2020. The rest of the class attended on Zoom. On some occasions, none of the class's 13 students were in person.
Will Yurman


In July, Penn State president Eric Barron announced that nearly half of the university’s classes this fall would have some in-person component. But since the start of the semester, attendance for some of those in-person classes has dropped substantially. 


There won't be any fans in the stands to rush the field if Penn State upsets Ohio State Saturday, like they did in this Oct. 22, 2016 file photo.
Emily Reddy / WPSU


On Saturday, Penn State’s football team will host the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is providing on-campus students with new and safe ways to watch the game. 

State College Area High School athletic director Chris Weakland talks about school's plan to bring sports back
Andrew Destin


On Sept. 17, the State College Area School District Board of Directors voted to allow sports to take place this fall, despite coronavirus concerns. State College Area High School hosted its first home football game last Friday at Memorial Field. 

A line outside Doggie's Pub on Pugh Street in State College July 11, 2020.
Emily Reddy / WPSU


State College Borough Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring mask-wearing in public and limiting most gatherings to 10 people in an effort to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check after Penn State's fall semester starts.

Someone who violates the ordinance can face a $300 fine. 

Before the vote, Boalsburg’s Carla Myers said she hoped council would pass the ordinance ahead of students’ return to State College later this month.

Centre County United Way

Centre County United Way is hosting a virtual concert Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. to raise money for local residents in need.


The Live United Live online concert will kick off on Centre County United Way’s Facebook page. Anybody that tunes in can see performances from 25 Central Pennsylvania bands and artists like Pure Cane Sugar, Biscuit Jam, and Richard Biever and Family.


State officials, like Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, left, want people to social distance while outside.

Officials in charge of Pennsylvania’s natural resources are encouraging outdoor recreation during the coronavirus shutdown, but they want people to enjoy nature close to home.



You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

COVID-19 requires all of us to take precautions through “social distancing.” Social distancing means staying physically separated from other people by at least 6 feet or 2 meters.

While it's still acceptable to exercise outdoors, it's important to find outdoor spaces that aren't crowded with other people. It's also important to avoid large gatherings and to avoid traveling by public transit.