With the rapidly intensifying COVID-19 situation, a lot of places are closed and social gatherings are a no-no. There is still a lot we can do at home, thankfully. Here are a few things you can do during social distancing and self-isolation.

Stream and watch movies and TV shows

You can do this one alone or with friends and family at a distance. You can just agree to watch at the same time, or if you all use the Chrome browser you can use Netflix Party. This is nothing if not a great time to start or catch up on any movies and tv shows on any streaming service. Binge away.

Don’t forget that Brampton Library has streaming services that are free with your library card, too.

Catch up on reading

There is a universe of books out there, and you may find yourself with plenty of time to read. Even if libraries and bookstores are closed, there’s always Kindles and Kobos, not to mention your computer and phone, which can hold tons of books with their large amount of storage.

Once again Brampton Library comes to the rescue with audiobooks and ebooks, free to read or listen to with your library card.

Take a walk

Get outside and get some air. Just stay away from groups when you do it. If the park isn’t busy then head out to the park. If it is, walk down your street. For now there is no reason to be stuck indoors on a sunny day. And with gyms and recreation centres closed, it might be good for people who want to get a bit of a workout.

Learn a new skill or another language

If you want to find constructive things to do, you can also use your free time to learn a new skill or learn a new language There are websites and apps such as Duolingo, Masterclass, and many others. You can even keep a journal to write your daily activities and new experiences.

Once again the library really comes through. There is a whole e-learning page that has Mango for languages, Creativebug for arts and crafts, Lynda for business education, and a ton more.

Reach out

It’s important to keep in touch with friends and family and to keep tabs on people who might need a little extra help. You can reach out and talk with them over social media or using programs like Facetime and Hangouts. You can have dinner together, each of you on video at your computer or phone. This might be social distancing physically, but it doesn’t have to be emotionally distancing.

What are your ideas for stuff to do during distancing and isolation measures? Let us know in the comments.

Are you worried you have COVID-19 or that you might be at risk? Take this self-assessment from the government of Ontario here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.

Read about the new Peel Memorial COVID-19 assessment centre, including symptoms and criteria for using it, here.

For further information on COVID-19, visit www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus.

To see current City of Brampton updates and FAQs on services and facility and programming closures, please visit www.brampton.ca/covid19.