As the United States and many other countries try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus,
people are encouraged, or in some cases, mandated, to stay home.
Wicomico County residents, this post is for you: It's about how to be a tourist in your own town. If you're healthy, the following activities are all permitted as of now, but the situation is fluid and can change at any time.
1. Get takeout from a Wicomico County restaurant you've never visited. There are so many restaurants in Wicomico County, and maybe you've already supported one or more by ordering food (and tipping generously!). But do you end up visiting the same restaurants over and over? Switch things up and order from somewhere you've never been. The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce started a Facebook group called Delmarva Eats, and there's another group called Shop Local Delmarva. Be sure to call the restaurant in advance not only to place your order, but to see if hours have changed given the current COVID-19 situation.
2. Take a walk and look for something new. You don't need to drive to a new location to notice new things right in your own neighborhood. Trees and flowers are blooming with the springtime weather. Enjoy some fresh air as it gets warmer. Just be sure to stay at least six feet away from others.
3. Visit public art. You can enjoy the arts without even leaving your car. Several murals can be found in and around Downtown Salisbury. The mural at left can be seen at the entrance to the Church Street neighborhood and is visible from Route 13 Business. Learn more about the mural in this DelmarvaNow article.
4. Live stream a local musician's music. It's not the same as seeing live music, but the next best thing in these times is to live stream a show from a local musician. Check social media to see if your favorite musician is offering a livestreamed performance.
5. "Visit" the Salisbury Zoo's animals via social media. The Salisbury Zoo is temporarily closed because of the virus, but you can still get a heaping dose of cuteness by visiting the Facebook pages of the Salisbury Zoo and the Chesapeake AAZK Chapter. See the new baby bear's first steps in this video.
6. Interact with us and others online. We've created a Wicomico County Social Distancing Bingo, which you can find on our Facebook page or on our Instagram stories. Find some new ideas for things to do — some of which can be done from the comfort and safety of your own home, and all of which can be done while following social distancing guidelines — and see if you can get five in a row for a "BINGO." Stay tuned for more fun opportunities to interact with us.
7. Think about what you'd like to do once this is behind us. Brighter days are ahead — like in this pretty photo by David Insley. Brainstorm fun things you'd like to do here in our community once we are able to get back to "normal" life. You can browse the rest of our website for ideas on events and attractions to visit.
Stay safe, stay healthy and wash your hands!
Top photo is by Amy Blevins-Gordon.