By Eugene Magazine

There are some people who are touting that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and that’s true. While it’s easy to hunker down and shut off, creating virtual opportunities to interact with others and still see the world is important. We’ve put together a list of resources to virtually get out, as well as Eugene Weekly’s list of still-open restaurants and other businesses.

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Watch Whales Live

It’s Spring Whale Watch Week and you can still watch the gray whales migrate north to their spring and summer homes thanks to Oregon State Parks’ live stream.

Otters and Sharks, too

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has three live cams for your viewing pleasure. Watch sharks, otters, or seabirds, with occasional visits from a scuba diver.

Get your workout on

The Eugene Family YMCA is putting together a collection of workout videos so that you can still be active even without access to a gym. Check out their YouTube channel for yoga, HIIT, or chair workouts.

Feel the Music

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor for the Eugene Symphony, will be hosting live streams of orchestral concerts. Check out his Facebook for upcoming events.

Visit the museum

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has artists talks, gallery/exhibit tours, and more on their YouTube channel. Get your art fix!

Rock on

Sessions Music Hall will be hosting live concert streams, as well as posting videos of previous shows on their Facebook.

Connect with others

A Eugene community Discord server has been created! Connect with other home-bound locals.

Who’s still open?

While many restaurants have chosen to close altogether, some local restaurants are still offering take out and curbside pick up options. Eugene Weekly has been compiling a list to help you navigate.

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce has also put together a spreadsheet of open restaurants with a breakdown of how you can enjoy. Check it out here.

Show your stuff

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is hosting the “Stay Home Talent Show,” encouraging all artists, musicians, singers, comedians, dancers, and everything in between to submit a 3-minute video through their social media platforms (use #HultTalentShow). Submit before April 10 to show them what you got!

Help your kids be kind

Sign up to receive Kindness Kits from Little Hands Can. Every week for three weeks, you’ll receive an email with two different community service projects and lessons that you can do with your family.

Support a local artist

The Lane Arts Council has put together the Lane County Artist Relief Fund to help local artists during this time. Support local artists and help keep our creative sector alive.