Social distancing guidelines create new boundaries for students

Jacquelyn Stewart, Staff Writer

With the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines are being encouraged on campus to keep students and faculty safe. 

To practice social distancing, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoiding large groups or crowded areas. Students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after eating, coughing, or sneezing. These social distancing tips and more information can be found on the Returning to School FAQ page on

Students must wear a mask on campus inside all buildings and outside if social distancing isn’t possible. 

Masks are not required in private areas, such as individual study rooms or your dorm. Students participating in UWF sponsored events off campus must wear a mask as if they were on campus. 

Persons that have a medical condition that cannot wear a mask will need to contact the Student Accessibility Resources center.  

Students are required to fill out a COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire each day that they come to campus. The questionnaire may be found by searching “pre-screening” on MyUWF.

In-person events are still not permitted on campus. However, there will be many virtual events and social distancing friendly things to do this semester. Below is a list of social distancing friendly things to check out this semester:


  • UWF Trails 
  • Rent a kayak or canoe at the Sports center 
  • Gym – rock climbing wall
  • Rent paddleboards at Bayview Park
  • Picnic on the Cannon Greens
  • Bike around Fort Pickens
  • Visit the National Seashore
  • Axe-throwing (student discount)
  • Take a book to the beach


  • Meditation every Tuesday 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Zumba every Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Check out a virtual play at UWF Theater or Pensacola Little Theater

With COVID-19 and social distancing, campus life is evolving. For more resources on COVID-19 guidelines and events this semester, visit