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It’s been almost a year since the world has been hit by the wide-spreading pandemic that we’ve learned to mostly be known as Corona or Covid-19. During this time, there have been times when quarantine or self-isolation has been enforced more or less strictly.

And while summer provided some reprieve with pubs and restaurants being open and people being allowed to gather in small groups, the past weeks have seen a steep decline in those allowances and stricter restrictions than before. Now, with all the restrictions and the impossibility for most people to regularly meet up with friends, we all need to get a little more creative when it comes to staving off boredom and keep being social. So, here are some tips.

Skype and wine

…or Zoom and wine, or Hangouts and wine…even the wine part is optional, though highly recommended. Gather some friends, break out a bubble, and meet up virtually to get your gossip going or just to see some other faces than those of your partner, family, or flatmates. Or some faces at all if you’re living by yourself.

While a video conference cannot replace a real meeting it is the next best thing. And, most importantly, it is safe. So, gather your friends, find a time, and kick back with them like you would in a bar.

Dive into the world of video games

Remember when you were 14 and your after-school time was filled with video games until it was time for dinner? Right now is the best time to get back to that without feeling guilty about being anti-social or not getting out enough. Feel free to dive into the longest Japanese roleplaying game you can find and immerse yourself in worlds and stories to your heart’s content.

With current consoles and PCs, you don’t even have to go out or order the games, you can just download them right onto your systems and be done with it.

But single-player games are not the only worthwhile way to spend your time in quarantine. There is a plethora of multiplayer games that you can play with friends or strangers alike. From sports games such as FIFA or NBA 2k to Battle Royale scenarios in Fortnite all the way to entertaining party games such as Quiplash – there is a whole world of entertainment to be discovered.

Try out a new online casino

With most land-based casinos being closed due to the pandemic, now is an excellent time to try out some new casinos (uudet netticasinot). The online casino industry has been thriving during the pandemic since there is no reason to slow down with players being able to access the games from anywhere and at any time.

Even the bonus offers are getting better and better with new casinos coming up with ways to implement the trials and tribulations of a world-wide pandemic into their promotions. Enjoy the plethora of slots, table games, and even live casino games with real dealers from the comfort of your own home.

Get yourself a game night

Video games or online casinos are not the only possibilities to get together and play games. Nowadays, you can have yourself a proper board game night with friends while all of you are staying home safely.

From Monopoly and Clue all the way to big party hits such as Cards Against Humanity, there are a whole bunch of games that can be played online with friends, and a lot of the time, you can even enjoy them for free. So why don’t you gather some folks and have a full-on board game night? The arguments over Monopoly properties might even not escalate as much when you’re not sitting directly across from each other.

Pub quiz out of the pub

Did you know that a whole bunch of pub quiz organizers has taken to YouTube to keep the good times rolling? Just search for a pub quiz and you’ll find all kinds of quizzes that you can participate in either during a live stream or at any time that’s convenient for you.

There is the general pub quiz with multiple rounds and even specialized quizzes if that tickles your fancy. You can do it by yourself or watch it together with friends during a skype call and it will feel (almost) like you’re in the pub together. But no googling allowed – Scout’s honor!