On Saturday, Princeton University announced that it would strip the name of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from buildings on its campus following letters and calls from students and alumni. The decision follows years of controversy and protests by students, who criticized Wilson’s place given his racist views and policies, including keeping Black students from enrolling at Princeton when he headed it.
And, this week, we chatted with lifestyle columnist Elizabeth Wellington about what the green phase of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus-related restrictions means for your life.
You’ve been covering how to live during the pandemic. What’s a big takeaway you’ve learned through this process?
The Philadelphia area moved into the green phase on Friday. It’s the least restrictive phase, but what does it actually mean for daily life?
Is there anything that has surprised you about covering life during the pandemic?
That so many people are resistant to wearing masks. Seriously, nobody wants to wear a mask but we should all want to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. (Philadelphia issued a citywide mandate Friday requiring masks to be worn.)
What is something positive you’ve seen or something that gave you good vibes during this time?
During the pandemic, I’ve become a fan of virtual yoga. I love it. I practice in my apartment nearly every day and the collective good energy is really helpful. I practice with people all across the country and the globe. That has really given me good vibes because although I live alone, I don’t feel that I am alone.
Who knew all this wildlife was in the city? Thanks for sharing what you saw at FDR Park, @philosophydan.
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While most Pennsylvania counties are in the green phase, that doesn’t mean the coronavirus is gone. Every time you leave your house, a level of risk remains. This risk is higher if you’re 65 years or older, or have a serious underlying medical condition. So how can you stay safe as things reopen? My colleague Grace Dickinson detailed three different possible approaches: maintain as many elements of the red phase as possible, explore with heightened caution, or stock up on masks. While businesses can’t always ensure social distancing, there are still safety requirements in place to hopefully minimize the spread. If you’re very worried, stay home as much as possible.
“This is very sad news as there is a paucity of places that keep kashrut. This especially affects the Penn Student community. I echo the sentiments below hoping that the owners are able to find a new location.” — christopher donald, on Mama’s Vegetarian, one of Philly’s falafel destinations, has closed for good.