Story by Emily McIlroy and Alex Beadnell
There’s a lot of stress and worry around as the Coronavirus pandemic grips the world…but not everyone is letting it ruin their day.
Here are 9 ways people have not let the global crisis get them down:
Family ensures small business avoids disappointment
One family made sure food did not go to waste after their sons Bar Mitzvah was unfortunately cancelled due to the virus.
Rather than disappointing the caterer, they decided to share this food with their loved ones in quarantine as a gesture of good will.
The company wins and so do their friends!
Friends canceled their son’s Bar Mitzvah this weekend but decided to keep the contract with their caterer, a tiny Hmong-owned business. They delivered the food to friends in quarantine & sent pans home with others. Grateful for stories like this and for community in a bleak time.
— hodel in the streets, chava in the sheets (@mrotzie) March 15, 2020
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the many celebrities encouraging people to stay safe in their homes amid the crisis.
He has swapped the gym for relaxing with his pet horse Whiskey and donkey Lulu.
Take this opportunity to spend as much time as you can with your furry animals.
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) March 16, 2020
Couple recreate cancelled cruise
Rather than taking to Twitter to complain about their cancelled holiday, they are taking matters into their own hands.
They set up their chairs, poured themselves a drink and put their feet up, quite literally.
Who enjoys the sea breeze anyway?!
— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) March 15, 2020
Football matches, but not as we know it
Some football fans have taken charge of their team’s match this weekend by playing it themselves on Fifa.
The only way you are going to be able to watch any Premier League football for the moment is via virtual reality.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 15, 2020
No football? No problem
It’s not just the fans that are going stir-crazy with no football matches.
Many football club admins are hosting virtual games on social media such as Connect4 and Noughts and Crosses.
Hull City took a surprising victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
IT’S ALL OVER!!!! THE TIGERS HAVE DONE IT!!!
— Hull City (@HullCity) March 15, 2020
Enjoy a Night out without leaving your bed
One DJ has taken it upon himself to bring the night out to you.
You can watch his Instagram Live stream every evening so the party animal in you never has to miss out!
this is how my town is coping with the self quarantine pic.twitter.com/VzD5fMRm3L
— . (@covisnky) March 15, 2020
Community concert brings locals together
Neighbours kept each other entertained whilst in lockdown earlier this week.
They were all seen singing and dancing late into the evening.
Italians in lockdown all over Italy are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Salerno: pic.twitter.com/3aOchqdEpn
— Leonardo Carella (@leonardocarella) March 13, 2020
Why not take part in your local exercise class in the comfort of your own home?
Spain are improvising during the lockdown and a sports instructor is making sure people keep fit whilst stuck inside.
We need more people like this!
Nobody is allowed to go outside in Spain due to the Coronavirus crisis.
But in order to keep people moving, this sports instructor in Seville teaches an aerobics class from his rooftop.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 15, 2020
The new craze: Balcony Sports
You’ve seen the singing, you’ve seen the aerobics; now it is time for balcony tennis.
Two Spanish civilians cured their boredom with a hit about hanging out their windows.
Not something we highly recommend (!), but it is creative.
We cannot wait to see what sport comes next.
— Ahval (@ahval_en) March 16, 2020