Even though we are allowed to socialise again, here are five ways to connect safely while maintaining social distancing as much as possible:
1. KEEP CONNECTING VIRTUALLY
Over lockdown, you probably used at least one digital communication tool such as Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or Houseparty to keep connected with loved ones, and there’s no reason to stop using these now. Connecting virtually is a great, safe way to celebrate special days, host a virtual family games night or simply catch up with family and friends. Set aside time each week to connect virtually with the people closest to you. As a RCS cardholder, not only can you easily manage your account via the free RCS App, but you can also purchase airtime and data using so you can stay connected.
2. ENJOY SMALL OUTDOOR GATHERINGS
While we encourage you to stay home and socially distance as much as possible, it’s important that if you do meet up, you do so safely. Socialising outside is the safest way to see people in person. For example, you can have a picnic where each person or household brings their own food, keeps a safe distance and wears masks except when eating or drinking.
3. WATCH MOVIES TOGETHER ONLINE
Online streaming services such as Netflix offer Netflix Party; a free browser extension that lets you watch the same Netflix series and movies as your friends or family remotely. You can play and pause the movies and chat with each other as you watch. It’s a great way to stay in touch and keep entertained at the same time.
4. JOIN AN ONLINE FITNESS CLASS
Exercise can sometimes seem like a chore, especially when doing it at home. Why not get your family to sign up to the same online fitness classes? That way you can socialise and get in shape all at once. Online dance, Zumba and boxing classes are fun, alternative ways to get moving at home.
5. GO ON FAMILY HIKES
Hiking has become extremely popular in recent months, so try and go at a time when trails are a little less crowded. Enjoying nature and doing exercise outside is a great activity and a way for families to connect. Research which trails you think will suit your fitness levels, and remember to socially distance and keep your masks on at all times.