With regional NSW experiencing COVID-lockdown, the Lithgow Mercury has gathered some tips and tricks from its readers on how they're passing the time.
Whether you love to binge a Netflix series, bake a cake, read a book or exercise - we've got you covered.
Washing your car
With COVID restrictions it's been unclear on what you can and can't do and what's considered essential. A question that kept rising was if you can you wash your car at the car wash?
The Lithgow Mercury spoke to local police who advised you actually CAN take your vehicle down to the local car wash.
As long as you wear a mask, check in, social distance, wash your car and don't mingle - you'll be fine.
The car wash adjacent from ALDI and the Triple 8 car wash at the Coles servo are both operating for your car cleaning needs.
Try your hand at crafting, with something for everyone you can try cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, knitting and sewing.
There are groups you can find online that help with crafting for charity so why not make something for a cause.
In the kitchen
It''s the perfect time to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Why not try that dish you just haven't got around to or bake some brownies, or indulge in a cake? The internet has a realm of recipes waiting for you. Check some out here.
If you want to step away from reality why not binge watch your favourite series or movies on Netflix, Stan or Amazon.
A few of our readers suggested the following series:
- The Walking Dead
- The Vampire Diaries
- The Originals
- Outer Banks
- Grace and Frankie
- The Good Wife
- Jane the Virgin
- Love Child
- McLeod's Daughters
- The X-Files
- Twin Peaks
- Ted Lasso
- For all Mankind
- Morning Wars
- The 100
- Peaky Blinders
- The DC shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Super Girl)
- Agents of Shield
- The Good Place
- Car Masters: Rust to Riches
- Rust Valley Restorers
- Money Heist
- 21 Jump Street
- The Kissing Booth
- Good Will Hunting
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- James Bond
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before
- 6 Underground
- Star Wars
- Murder Mystery
- The Longest Ride
- Fast and Furious saga
- Grown Ups
- The Karate Kid
- Back to the Future trilogy
Pull out the board games like monopoly or UNO and feud it out in a family games night or if you're more tech-savvy head to the app store and get downloading.
Some popular gaming apps include:
- Candy Crush
- Mario Kart Tour
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Two Dots
- Gordon Ramsay: Chef Blast
- Subway surfers
- Fruit Ninja
- Temple Run
- Torque Drift
- 8 Ball Pool
- Bowling 32 Extreme
- Golf Clash
You could also always hop on the Tik Tok trend and learn a dance if boredom is getting the best of you but if that isn't for you, try downloading an audio book or dusting a paper copy off your shelf. There are also a series of podcasts available through Spotify, Apple and Google.
While staying in the comfort of your own home is nice, it's important to step outside for a breath of fresh air and get that vitamin D.
Head for a walk up Hassans Walls, around Lake Pillans or around your block. Or if you're an angler why not throw a line in at Lake Lyell.
Home workouts are another great option to keep physically fit during these tough times. Reach out to your local gym or head to YouTube for workout videos.
Find all the COVID rules around fishing here.
You can also exercise with one other person outside of your household or everyone you live with can exercise in a group.
Exercise and outdoor recreation is a reasonable excuse to leave your home in the Lithgow area. This means you can sit down at a park bench for a coffee or sunbake as long as you are social distancing, wearing a mask and following gathering rules.
Find all the rules and restrictions here.
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