How to have a lockdown holiday

South Africa’s second wave is officially here and we’ve decided to keep things simple by minimising our movements this festive season. It’s not ideal as I miss the ocean so much and would have loved a trip to Cape Town but batting down for the summer is currently the safest thing to do.

The malls and public spaces are incredibly full and we’re seeing more young people become infected than in the first wave. The hospitals are also getting full so the last thing you need is to not be able to get a hospital bed when you need one. If you’re opting to vacay at home this summer, here are a few ways you can still make it awesome.

  1. Plan livingroom or backyard picnics. Just getting into the mood of a picnic can bring on that holiday feeling. Create your own picnic platters or cheeseboards or order a Grazing Box, a trending new concept. You can find suppliers that make them in your neck of the woods here.
  2. Go for long drives and enjoy the scenic beauty South Africa has to offer. Pack your favourite drinks and snacks.
  3. Use the holidays to catch up on some of those projects or hobbies you’re not getting to. Or even catch up on your reading. I have a pile of unread books that are just waiting for me to tuck into.
  4. Take walks or hikes and enjoy the fresh air in your local parks.
  5. Visit the Drive-in. There’s been a resurgence in the drive-in concept and it’s a great way to get out and still maintain complete social distancing. The Galileo Cinema has just launched it as part of their outdoor cinema concept. You can find out more here.
  6. Game drives are also a good way minimise contact. There are a few places that offer affordable options that are close enough to main centres that you can make it a day trip. Dinokeng is one we visited earlier this year in Gauteng.
  7. If you need to run errands or go to the malls, go early when it’s still quiet and freshly sanitised.
  8. Support your favourite restaurants by ordering in.
  9. If you’re meeting with people, keep it small and to your close family or friends. Make sure it’s outdoors, wear your masks and keep a physical distance. Social distancing is difficult for smaller children who play all over each other, so be really choosy about your meetups.

We’re all in this together and we now know more than we did in March this year. So we can do this! #BeSafe #WearAMask


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