Staying Connected While Staying Home

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We’re all waiting with bated breath for June 14th, our projected re-opening day according to Indiana’s stage 4 plan. After so much stress and uncertainty, there’s never been a better time to have some fun at the bowling alley! Until then, check out these tips to help you stay connected while staying home

How to Stay Connected While Isolating at Home

Use technology to “hang out” virtually.

There’s never been a better time to “meet up” with loved ones online! There are tons of apps and programs available, and many of them have free versions. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Google Hangouts, which is extra convenient if your crew all have gmail addresses. 
  • Skype is the way to go if you’re having a big get-together; the free version allows up to 50 users! 
  • Zoom allows even more users—up to 100 for 40 minutes or less. 
  • Houseparty is one of the best options for casual hangouts; it includes some fun games you can play with the other callers, like trivia and “chips and guac” (think Apples to Apples).

Plan what you’ll do together when you can see each other in person again.

After this experience, none of us will take in-person hangouts for granted … So why not go ahead and start planning your reunions with friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and neighbors? Call your BFF and make plans for a bowling date. Jump on a video call with your family and plan a barbecue. Get the whole neighborhood involved and plan a block party to celebrate (safely) once restrictions are lifted!

Tune in to live performances.

If you’re a music lover, you’ve no doubt been pining for all those spring concerts and music festivals you haven’t gotten to attend. While there’s no substitute for the feeling of togetherness you can get from singing along with your favorite band in a stadium full of fellow fans, you can scratch that concert itch with live streaming concerts online from some of your favorite artists. 

Share your quarantine crafts, projects, etc.

How have you been filling your extra time at home? Whether you’ve been brushing up on bread baking or crossing off every item on your to-do list around the house, it’s a great time to connect with other DIY-lovers who share your interests. Search Facebook for special interest groups, or browse hashtags on Instagram to find other folks working on similar projects. 

Send snail mail. 

Just because there are so many digital options for communication doesn’t mean you should forget about good old snail mail! Yep, get a stamp and write a letter to someone you miss. It’s sure to brighten their day when they open their mailbox to find your handwritten note.

Whatever you do to pass the time until coronavirus restrictions are lifted, remember to stay safe, be kind, and say thanks to the front-line workers who are keeping shelves stocked, bathrooms clean, and patients cared for (just to name a few). We look forward to seeing you soon at Richmond 40 Bowl!

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