10 Practical Things to Do While Practicing Social Distancing

April 11, 2020 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator

Greetings from my home to (hopefully) yours! Being stuck in the house can be a little anxiety inducing, even if it is for the greater good. I decided to come up with a practical list of things to do during this time of social distancing. There are even a few things on here that you can do out of the house (if you absolutely need to get away) that are still good under social distancing standards.

  1. Stay at home (if at all possible). This is the safest, most practical thing you can do.

  2. Go to a car wash. You don’t have to interact with people and you can stay inside your car. No one gets exposed and your car gets squeaky clean.

  3. Clean out/Vacuum your car out. This is something you can do outside of your home or in your very own driveway/garage. People stay safe (including you) and the inside of your car is fresh and clean for when we can safely venture out again. 

  4. Need to stretch your legs? Go to a park (not a playground, but a place where you can walk around while still maintaining distance) or talk a walk around your neighborhood. As long as you don’t come into contact with people or stay six feet apart, then everyone can get some fresh air and exercise. 

  5. Mow your lawn. As the weather starts warming up again and the grass starts growing high, this is a great time to get out around your house and get some yard work done. Pick up sticks, weed your garden, mow. As long as you stay in your own yard, you aren’t breaking any rules. Also, sunshine!

  6. Read a book. As a librarian I feel the need to include this as an option. Read an old favorite. Read to your kids. Read that one book that has been sitting on your bedside table that you are going to get to eventually…if this isn’t eventually then I don’t know what is. 🙂 For those of you that maybe don’t like books or can’t focus on them, read the newspaper or your favorite magazine. There is no judgement here on what you read!

  7. Marie Kondo that room you have always been meaning to organize! Set stuff aside or box them up so that you can take them to donate or throw out when all of this is over. 

  8. Check out the library website or our Facebook page and see what new and creative content might be up. Tell us something you would like to see us do and post to the page. We are doing our best to come up with content, but we like to hear from you about what you want to see most.

  9. Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news and how Cape Girardeau is responding. Follow the regulations if you can.

  10. Last but not least, stay as safe and as healthy as you can. Don’t go out if you don’t have to. And always practice good hand washing and hygiene.

We can’t wait to see all of your bright and smiling faces when all of this is over! Keep reading and watching to see what we come up with next. And most important of all, thank you for all of your support as we keep the library doors closed in order to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible! 


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