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A Guide To Staying Safe, Healthy (And Sane) During Social Distancing In Utah

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Social distancing? Here are some ideas that we hope will help keep you safe, healthy and connected to your community.

Updated 2:30 p.m. MDT 4/2/2020

We’re working to keep you up-to-date on all the most important news relating to coronavirus and guidance on what to do if you’re feeling sick.

In addition to that, we’re building a growing list of community resources tailored to this unique time. From ways to help local restaurant staffers who are out of work, to tips for keeping kids occupied while you work from home, to ideas for where to go to soak up some sunshine (while keeping at least six feet away from others). Read on for ideas that we hope will help keep you safe, healthy and connected to your community. 

Got a tip for fellow Utahns as we all adjust to our new social distancing lives? Tweet at us and we may add it to this list.

Want To Take A Virtual Field Trip?

The Hogle Zoo is offering live videos featuring its animals at 11:30 a.m. where you can ask the zookeepers questions. The Living Planet Aquarium goes live on Facebook too. And the Tracy Aviary has virtual activities and tips for becoming an amateur birder in your own backyard.

Want To Learn About Science?

The Natural History Museum of Utah now has an interactive version of its free online education program, Research Quest Live. Geared toward middle school-aged students, the program is taught live by educators from the museum weekdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Or you can watch recordings of old lessons anytime. Keep an eye on the museum’s social channels too for even more interactive opportunities, like Q&As with paleontologists.

Looking For Artistic Inspiration?

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art wants to help take your home-schooling art projects to the next level. From zine making to cave drawings, the Art Everyday program offers ideas and instructions for art projects that can be done with everyday objects and basic art supplies.

Want To Watch Some Local Theater?

Theater companies are getting creative with ways to stay connected to the community, including streaming performances. From the Hale Center Theater in Orem’s production of Daddy Long Legs to Plan-B Theatre Company’s one-woman show The Audacity, there are lots of virtual performances happening. (Note: The Audacity stars KUER’s own April Fossen.)

Hungry For Something Special? 

The food site Female Foodie is highlighting local restaurants offering great options for takeout and delivery. And since Utah’s order to stop dine-in service, another new site is maintaining a list of local restaurants now relying on carryout business. 

Want to lend a hand to local restaurant workers who’ve lost jobs and wages because of the coronavirus outbreak? Modern Family actor and local business owner Ty Burrell has seeded a fund to help local service industry employees. 

Looking For Something To Watch, Read Or Listen To?

The Utah Film Center is curating recommendations that you can stream from home. And you can always count on RadioWest’s Through The Lens series to offer up a great conversation about documentary films. 

Some local bookstores are closed for browsing, but you can try calling the store, perusing titles online and maybe even get books via curbside pick-up or free local delivery.

And KUER’s Preach team put together a list of some of their favorite podcast episodes for escaping to another time and place, even if you aren’t leaving the house.

Trying To Keep Kids Entertained While They’re Home From School? 

There are tons of great resources for kids and parents available online from PBS Utah, including a new daily newsletter for parents who are trying to keep kids active, learning and entertained while schools are closed. 

If your kids are closer to their teen years, local parenting writer Brooke Romney is sharing her experiences and ideas for getting a new routine in place. 

Feeling Crafty And Want To Help Healthcare Workers? 

You’ve probably seen the headlines about how healthcare workers are short on supplies, especially masks, that will help keep them safe as they battle against COVID-19. One woman collaborated with a hospital worker in Moab to create a DIY design for making masks from home and is enlisting others to help make more. 

Want A New Way To Workout? 

Lots of local gyms, yoga studios and dance companies have moved their classes online, many of them are now offering classes for free or a suggested donation. And of course getting out into nature can be a great way to keep the family active. Just remember to practice social distancing and stay six feet apart even when you’re hiking.

If You’re Feeling Sick

If you’re not feeling well, review your symptoms and call your doctor before showing up at a healthcare facility. Common symptoms include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The state also has a coronavirus information line at 800-456-7707.

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