Staying connected while being apart

York Region’s newest campaign #YRStayConnected launched January 18 and runs for four weeks.

#YRStayConnected promotes unique, creative and safe ways to stay connected with family and friends in a physically distanced manner.

We all have a responsibility to follow public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including staying home as much as possible and limiting close contact only to those in our immediate households. However, it’s also important that we continue to stay connected with others for our own well-being and that of others.

Whether you’re feeling “zoom fatigue,” missing your friends, missing a loved one or simply feeling lonely, rest assured that you’re not alone in this. Although we can’t see one another as we normally would have before the pandemic, we can stay connected, there are safe ways to do it and it’s important for our well-being.

To help you get back in touch in a safe and physically distanced way, below are new and some not-so-new ideas:

Here are some fun and creative ways to stay connected with others and even meet new people, in a safe and physically distanced way.

If you are missing your family and friends, here are some ideas to make your isolation a little less lonely.

If you have any loved ones or know of anyone elderly or vulnerable who could use some human connection during this time, we have some ideas to help you out! It doesn’t take much time to check in on someone and there are plenty of ways to do it.

A recipe swap is a fun way to stay connected and can easily be organized through email. We have created email templates you can use for cookie exchanges and quick and easy meals, but you may want to get creative and repurpose them for your own recipe theme. Check them out on the region’s Pinterest board.

Now more than ever, staying connected with others is so vital to our well-being – especially seniors and those who are not comfortable using technology – we are so used to texting, we often forget how much a phone call to an elderly relative would mean.

Do your part, stay connected.

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