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If you can’t get out, why not chill out and learn a thing or two?

Friday 27 March 2020

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the latest government advice is that we should stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out.

With the kids on school holidays and many of us working from home it can feel a bit like the walls are closing in, especially when we can’t socialise during our downtime.

Luckily, we live in a digital age and local and international visitor hotspots have been quick to set up free virtual experience options online.

This is a great opportunity for you and the little ones in your life to tick some awesome activities off your bucket list.

  • Melbourne Zoo is livestreaming enclosures: zoo.org.au/animal-house/
  • Melbourne Museum is offering virtual tours of exhibits: museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/at-home/
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is streaming performances: mso.com.au
  • Google lets you explore some of the world's best museums and galleries: artsandculture.google.com
  • Disney World hosts virtual tours on its YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg

It’s also is important to stay in touch, so why not organise face-to-face video call catch ups with your family, friends and colleagues?

If you fancy learning some new skills or brushing up on some old ones, Lynda.com offers free courses to those with a Frankston City Libraries card.

Speaking of our libraries, be sure to jump on the Facebook page to catch the next streaming of story time: facebook.com/pg/FrankstonCityLibraries or visit the website to access library services online: library.frankston.vic.gov.au

The Better Health Channel offers healthy recipe ideas or if you’re fed up with cooking, order some take away or delivery from this Visit Frankston list of great local restaurants or cafes.

For the moment, you can also treat yourself to a solitary stroll or sit at one of Frankston City’s beautiful open spaces. Remember to keep your distance to keep each other safe.

Frankston City Council Mayor Sandra Mayer said helpful mental health resources were also available to those who needed support.

“Some children and adults are experiencing major changes to their day-to-day life. This and fear of Coronavirus can cause strong emotions and anxiety,” Cr Mayer said.

“Coping with stress will make you and your community stronger so please speak up and seek help if you need it. These feelings are completely normal.”

Mental health resources

Frankston City Council recommends exercising social distancing when in public areas.

If you suspect you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 or to complete the DHHS interactive Coronavirus self-assessment visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-self-assessment

 

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