Feeling a bit isolated? Social distancing (read more here) is an important part of the equation for keeping us safe during this COVID-19 pandemic, but it can be frustrating to cancel plans and stay home. We’ve gathered some helpful tips and tricks for how to stay safe, but still connected during these interesting times.


Online Face Time
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There are a variety of apps and online resources to stay connected with your friends and loved ones while maintaining a healthy distance. Skype is a terrific, free option on all devices and allows you to video chat both one-on-one or in groups. Remember to connect with a friend or a loved one at least daily to stay healthy!

Take A Hike
Cochrane Memorial Park

While trips to playgrounds, or other high touch areas, are not advised, getting outside for a walk, run, bike or hike is a wonderful way to stay active. The Olympia region is full of hiking and biking trails that will help you re-connect to nature after feeling isolated indoors. If you encounter other hikers, feel free to politely say ‘hello,’ but try to keep the recommended 6-foot distance between each other.

Eat Out At Home

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Local restaurants and eateries are coming up with all kinds of creative ways to keep us fed safely. Take a break from cooking and treat yourself to an indoor date night or picnic. Schedule a delivery or get some take out (see our list here). Trust us, your stomach (and local businesses) will thank you!


Plan for the Future
A photo of a hand holding a visitor guide looking out over Percival Landing

Did you know that anticipation can be the happiest part of the travel journey? It may seem silly to plan any adventures or trips right now, but there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Spend some time dreaming about what you’d like to do when it’s safe again to travel. Chat about it with your friends and family or share it online with the hashtag #decidedlydifferent. Dream big!

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