With almost 10,000 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, governments, businesses, and health care professionals have urged the public to stay home and practice self-isolation. As almost all public events and gatherings are being cancelled, companies and institutions are coming up with stay-home alternatives to serve their loyal customers and clientele. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Lindsay Guion knows all about adapting to change. As the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of GUION PARTNERS, Lindsay Guion has always believed in staying current with evolving technology, and COVID-19 is no different. In times of economic, social, and political uncertainty, Lindsay is listing the 5 best stay-at-home alternatives to social events to keep you sane during your social isolation.
Explore a Digital Museum
Just because you are quarantined at home, does not mean you cannot explore the art and culture of countries around the world. Lindsay Guion suggests exploring the Google Arts & Culture Collection, which can take you on a virtual tour of hundreds of museums around the world, from Japan’s Nagoya City Art Museum to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This resource features content from over 1200 museums and archives, and was launched on February 1st, 2011. Within each gallery selection, you can find one or more ‘stories’ that either share a temporary exhibition or a permanent collection by every major institution across the globe. Divided into different classifications, like sculpture, modern art, oil painting, and others, you can easily navigate exactly what you want to see and when, without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Live-Stream a Concert
If it is live music you miss, opera companies and orchestras from Berlin to Seoul and New York have also been live-streaming concerts. The New York Metropolitan Opera will stream a different encore Live in HD performance every day through March. All of their live streams will be streamed live nightly at 7:30PM EDT, and will remain available via the homepage of metropera.org for 20 hours. In addition, some opera companies are even offering free access to digital catalogues of past performances, and pop singers like James Blunt are live-streaming performances in empty venues to fans around the world. Lindsay Guion explains that while COVID-19 has put a halt on live performances, artists and institutions are finding innovative ways to connect with their fans despite this roadblock.
Get the Netflix Extension App
If it is movie nights you miss, try downloading the Chrome extension “Netflix Party”, which allows you to watch your favorite movies and TV shows with your friends. As a free extension, all you need to do is click the Netflix party icon and send friends their generated link so they can access it as well. The website explains that the extension also synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. Over 500,000 people currently use this app, and that number is steadily growing thanks to COVID-19.
Online Game with Friends
If you are just looking for some company, there are dozens of games you can play online with friends. AirConsole is a global leading platform for casual games, and just announced that they provide everyone with free access to all of their video games during the COVID-19 lockdowns. As a cloud based video game console accessible from every home through a web browser, Lindsay Guion explains that AirConsole offers a library of over 159 games across a variety of genres, including Cards Against Humanity. Dozens of their games are already free, but you can use the promotional code “919 2020” to get more unlocked.
Self-isolation is hard, especially when you lose face-to-face contact with friends and loved ones. To fight the loneliness caused by quarantine, Lindsay Guion suggests using Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and other group video chats to ensure you do not have to miss your loved ones. Connecting online does not compare to face-to-face contact, but can be a great way to remind us that we are not alone when we are self-isolating.