On Tuesday, Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home proclamation that will go in effect starting Thursday, March 26 at 8am and will run through April 16th. (UPDATE: It is now in effect until at least April 29.) By issuing the stay-at-home, officials hope to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout Charlotte, the surrounding areas, and North Carolina.
Including in the proclamation is a list of things you CAN (go to the grocery store, exercise outside, order take-out food, etc.) and CAN’T do (go to work unless your job is deemed essential, visit friends, non-essential travel, etc.). Here is the official stay-at-home order with the full lists. And, here are some answers to 6 of the most common questions about it from City Council Member Tariq Bokhari.
This is a stressful time and a lot of people are wondering how they will pass the next 3 weeks at home… so we made our own list of creative things you should do (and a few things you shouldn’t) at home during this time. We are encouraging you to still use your #CreativityInCaptivity!
We know a lot of these ideas are silly and ridiculous but we hope they’ll spark your creativity. And, at the end of the day, you can always just dance!
DO THESE THINGS:
- Subscribe to The Biscuit! We’ll keep ya entertained and informed!
- Dance, dance, dance! Just like groove-master Matt Olin above.
- Finally finish that book you started writing in undergrad.
- Draw the CLT skyline from memory.
- Take a Skillpop Anywhere virtual class.
- Make a collage of your mural pics to make one MEGA mural.
- Take a nap (it’s important for the creative process).
- Write a song about all of the restaurants you want to eat at later.
- Try a new recipe using 7 random things you found in your kitchen.
- Have a virtual Happy Hour with your friends.
- Memorize some Shakespearean soliloquies to impress your friends at parties in a few months.
- Learn a new skill on YouTube.
- Put on a suit and have a fancy dinner at your dining room table.
- Learn a country line dance. Your roommates will love hearing Cotton Eye Joe blasting from your bedroom.
- Get a pen pal.
- Reach out to your 8th-grade math teacher and ask them to re-explain the quadratic formula.
- Create a short film on your phone.
- Learn how to play the spoons (or another instrument, but spoons are pretty cool).
- Make a list of places you’ve always wanted to visit when this is over and then actually go visit them later.
- Do a book report presentation on Zoom with your friends where you talk about your favorite book.
- Learn how to use Photoshop.
- Photoshop your best friend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into your profile picture.
- Empty your voicemail! Please, please, please! We have things to say to you.
- Learn sign language.
- Figure out who/what/why/when/where/how TikTok is.
- Mix 8 types of cereal into one bowl. Eat it. Use the sugar rush to fuel your productivity until you crash 30 minutes later. (But dang! What a productive 30 minutes that was!)
- Learn the fact that Millennials are approaching 40, they aren’t 21.
- Spring clean and “Marie Kondo” your sock drawer.
- Watch all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order. This should all be over by the time you make it through that insanely long movie marathon.
- Call an older family member and practice the long lost art of conversation.
- Watch Star Trek: Picard with a free month of CBS All-Access. (This is Tim’s favorite on the list!)
DON’T DO THESE THINGS:
- DON’T panic-cut your own bangs.
- DON’T get addicted to online shopping. (Unless you are buying presents for us.)
- DON’T walk your tiny dog’s legs off. (A mile for you is a marathon for them.)
- DON’T sit 5 feet 11 inches away from anyone.
- DON’T stop creating.
- DON’T feel like you are in this alone. We are here to help in any way possible.
WHAT CREATIVE THINGS ARE YOU DOING DURING STAY-AT-HOME? Tell us!
We want to be inspired by what you are doing. Don’t be shy! Give us the deets!
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