How to keep busy at home in Edmonton during the COVID-19 pandemic

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How to keep busy while ‘social distancing’
WATCH ABOVE: Many Edmontonians are finding themselves with a lot of free time as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out. Morgan Black looks at some of the ways you can keep busy while still practising social distancing. – Mar 18, 2020

For those in self-isolation or those practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the day-to-day could become monotonous.

That’s why an Edmonton bookstore is hoping to provide some literary relief, by making home deliveries.

Glass Bookshop co-owner Matthew Stepanic, along with his dog, are driving around the Edmonton-area to make drop-offs.

“Usually, I’m talking through a screen door and placing books outside, but people have been really appreciative,” explained Stepanic.

“We basically moved the bookshop entirely online. People can pick out the books they want to read and we deliver it, free of charge.”

The bookstore itself, located in City Centre Mall, has been closed to encourage others to practice social distancing.

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“We made that choice for the health of our community. It was a tough call, but we also cancelled all of our events we had planned with authors. This is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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Stepanic said the shop has seen dozens of orders as of Tuesday, and expects more on the way.

“It’s really tough as an independent bookshop. Our mandate in the community is to be a gathering place,” said Stepanic. “We’re trying to do as much as we can to support the community and still connect with people in whatever ways are possible.”

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Many gyms and studios are also trying to keep services accessible.

Inferno Fitness Sherwood Park has begun offering live-streamed workout classes to clients.

“Before we shut down the studio, members were still coming and our classes were still getting busy. But, we had to take the step to flatten the curve,” said Wall.

She said it was important to offer a service to those who may be feeling isolated.

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“It’s about the workout, but it’s really the community that we’ve built. Knowing that we are all in this together and we are going to get through this together,” explained Wall.

It seems Edmontonians are also turning to tried and true ways to keep busy.

“I think I sold 40 puzzles on Monday,” said River City Games’ Sirena Boulay. “It’s been very busy. Some people bought six puzzles at a time! An older gentleman was looking for a game to play with his grandkids.”

“It’s incredible how quickly a lot of businesses have reacted, when things are changing so quickly every day. It’s amazing,” said Stepanic.

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