At my school, everyone has been working from home since mid-March. The department I belong to has about 14 people in it. My department head is insisting on having an end of year gathering at his house. He has a decent sized backyard and is planning to hold it outdoors, which is good. But he's making it during school hours and calling it a meeting (the implication is that it's mandatory). I'm not really sure that he can actually make it mandatory, but I would sure feel uncomfortable declining to go. Personally I feel a bit uncomfortable with the idea... I have not even seen my own immediate family for more than 10 minutes since mid-March. And when I do see them, it's from 10 feet away while outside. I avoid pretty much all unnecessary outings. My department head is hard to say no to, though, and does not view this COVID situation as seriously as I do. I had to go in to work for something a few weeks ago and he was there too, and he wasn't careful to stay 6 feet away from me. I'll probably go to the gathering anyway, though, because I don't want to be on bad terms with my department head. My question is, is your school still doing end-of-year gatherings? Do you think they should be? Would you feel uncomfortable going to one?