6 Tips to Make Social Distancing More Interesting
Are you struggling to keep social distancing interesting? The good thing is that you’re not alone. As easy as it may seem, staying inside and doing nothing can be challenging when living in the city. People are finding creative ways to keep social distancing alive and well, and thanks to the internet, there are many digital tools to help you stay connected.
6 ways to get the most out of social distancing and connect with friends & family online
1. Host a Virtual Party
Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, Facetime, and more are all great video conferencing tools that have increased in popularity over the past few weeks. Through these tools, you can chat with friends for free over video and invite others to join via URL, account name, or email. There are many ways to host a virtual party. For instance, invite some friends who don’t know each other for a night of new faces and friends. You can also encourage guests to bring drinks and snacks to the party or perhaps set a food theme for the night. We recommend ordering your favourite pizza from Domino’s or another local restaurant in your area.
Zoom and Houseparty have a ton of cool features that will make the online party even more fun, such as custom backgrounds, filters and games that can be played with friends. For more party planning tips, check out this article on 11 virtual party ideas.
2. Virtual Movie Night
Missing movie nights? Well, the solution is here! Netflix Party is a new Chrome extension that allows you to invite friends to your viewing party by sharing a link to sync your favourite Netflix shows and movies in HD together. You can also chat with friends while watching shows.
Special nights like these are another great opportunity to support local restaurants (and to take a break from cooking). Enjoy your virtual movie night with some much-needed comfort food from one of the hundreds of restaurants that are open in Toronto for delivery and takeout. We’re constantly updating our OpenTO list with restaurants offering takeout and delivery. (more on that in tip #6)
Note: Netflix Party only works on Google Chrome.
3. Happy Hour Delivery
Ah, happy hour - missed by people everywhere. Well, bars and restaurants hear your pain, and now that alcohol is allowed to be sold through delivery and takeout, your 5-7 pm just got a bit more exciting.
Popular cocktail bar Project Gigglewater (1369 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON) is currently delivering quarantine-themed cocktail kits with DIY instructions along with many other bars and restaurants such as WRST (609 King St W, Toronto, ON) and Earls (150 King W, Toronto, ON). Cheers to boozy social distancing and virtual happy hour!
4. Online Game Night
Need some friendly competition in your life? Get a group of friends together and play a board game online! Board Game Arena is a free online platform where you can play over 150 different games with friends! Another popular interactive online game platform is Jackbox Games that has tons of party games that you can play together - all you need is an internet connection and a device.
Make the night even more special by having all your friends order delivery from the same restaurant! Who wouldn’t enjoy some burgers from The Great Burger Kitchen (1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON) or tacos from La Carnita (multiple locations) to go with your remote games night?
5. Group Home Workouts
Having a hard time finding the motivation to workout from home while social distancing? Find some friends who share that struggle (shouldn't be too hard) and do home workouts together over Facetime, Zoom, or Skype! Take turns finding online workout videos and hold each other accountable for staying active during this time of isolation.
Keep the momentum going by treating yourself to a healthy lunch! Freshii (multiple locations) and Zoup (multiple locations) are a couple of healthy options following a good workout that both offer takeout and delivery!
6. Order Takeout Online
It’s OK to take a break from cooking every once in a while. It’s also important to recognize and support the many local businesses that have stayed open to serve the Toronto community during this time. Here at dipp, we want to make sure that ordering food for takeout or delivery is as easy as possible. OpenTO is an online platform that showcases restaurants in Toronto neighbourhoods that are open and how to order from them. Check out OpenTO to see what restaurants are available in your area.
There you have it. Six tips to help you social distance using digital platforms. Who said self-isolation has to be done alone? We’re all in this together, which means we all have to do our part to help flatten the curve. Please continue to practice the social distancing measures outlined by officials.
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