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Safe sex has taken on an entirely new meaning in the age of COVID-19. Clearly, questions have been asked. So the CDC has taken upon itself to issue some clear guidelines, to avoid any misunderstanding.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Option one: you are your best friend during isolation. That’s right. And by that we mean: friend with benefits. Ergo, any sexual activity you enjoy with yourself will not pass on the virus (though the washing of hands before and after is highly recommended). Gloves and mask are entirely optional.

Your next best option is sex with the person you live with. For some fortunate individuals, that may mean your current chosen sexual partner. Yay for you. Others (*hands up) may find that option a tiny bit more … complicated. In which case, refer to option one.

Sex with anyone outside your household is not recommended.

Kissing. Sorry, friends, but kissing is a potentially dangerous activity and should be avoided at all costs outside your immediate circle of close kissers.

And if you’re indulging in a spot of video pleasure, please clean the keyboard and touch screen afterwards – especially if you share it with someone else. (If you’re not doing this already, SHAME ON YOU!)

Rimming (Sorry, I went there) – just don’t, OK?

Here endeth the lesson. For the full range of CDC guidelines, fill your boots here.

And while loving is on my mind (don’t judge me – a girl gets lonely, OK?), I want to give a huge, heartfelt shout out to Amanda Wheeler (aka Wheels), beloved trainer at my much-missed Mark Fisher Fitness, who married Reilly Jennings as social distancing tightened its grip (the brilliant Matt Wilson married them from five stories up, reading a text from Love in the Time of Cholera to set the tone). Adorable.

Love and light to both of them – and to all of you who are seeking joy and laughter and hope during this time of fear and uncertainty.


AN UPDATE
Wow! That happened fast. One minute, we were preparing the April issue of W42ST; the next, the world was in freefall. We responded two weeks ago with this daily newsletter, as a way of connecting an isolated community, bringing some calm to a big, scary, uncertain situation. 

That means you won’t be seeing a print issue this month. Instead, we’ll be bringing you some of April’s inspiring stories from a safe distance – online. Come Monday, at w42st.com, you’ll be able to read about some of the people who make Hell’s Kitchen great, and follow our live feed, updating you on what’s happening in the neighborhood in real time.   


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THIS IS FUNNY
I mean, it just is. If you don’t laugh out loud, we can’t be friends. Watch genius here. 


AND SO IS THIS
Quarantine does strange things to people. Some recreate classic art, from Vermeer to Van Gogh, using whatever they have to hand – including excess toilet roll, and their dog. Inspired brilliance. 



AND THIS IS JUST LOVELY
Yesterday, we brought you a little Burt Bacharach en masse. Today, the Carpenters, courtesy of the Pub choir. Sing along. I did.


DON’T CLIMB THE WALLS – DO THESE THINGS INSTEAD

Stay The F*ck Home Fest
The power of live music brings us together while we’re apart (you can also apply to perform). It’s tonight. And it’s free, folks! Find out more.

Taylor Mac is #stillhere
Every Friday at 1pm, the Off-Off-Broadway group HERE will host a live stream, featuring updates, readings, and previews. Today’s guest: Taylor Mac. Find out more.

Are you watching Tiger King?
Everyone’s talking about it! Find out more.

I couldn’t love Patrick Stewart more
But I think this just did it. The actor is reading a Shakespeare sonnet every day on Instagram, to get us through this. Swoon.

Cabaret from your couch
54 Below is delving into its archives to stream some of its most memorable performances. Check out Sondheim Unplugged (on Sunday), Ryan Scott Oliver on Tuesday, and many more over the next couple of weeks. Find out more. 

Lincoln Center at Home
There are pop-up classrooms to learn puppetry and dance, chamber music performances, flamenco, a Julliard barre class … find out more. 


NAME GAME
What’s your name, and what’s your #1 staying sane while #wfh hack?

I’ll start (and I’m stealing – and adapting – this from the serene Elizabeth Gilbert). Hi everyone, I’m Ruth, and I have seven words for you: make your bed, shower, and get dressed.

You’re up next!


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