After weeks of lockdown, many can agree that one of the hardest parts is missing out on quality time with family and friends living outside of your household. To remedy that, both children and adults are tapping into their creativity to find new ways to reconnect with their loved ones — quarantine hugs done through sheets of plastic.
A Mom’s Hug Time Station
One mom created a “Hug Time” station so that her kids could reconnect with their grandma. In the video, the grandma approaches their front yard as the kids get more and more excited.
The kids happily line up and take turns to step up to the plastic sheet and hug their grandma.
A Granddaughter’s Hug Curtain
Ten-year-old Paige, from Riverside, California, invented a transparent “hug curtain” so that she could hug her grandparents without breaking quarantine. She used a see-through shower curtain, disposable plates, and plastic bags to create the curtain so she could safely hug her family.
Paige spent hours working on the project, according to her mom, Lindsay Okray. Okray spoke to ABC News and explained that because she works in a COVID-19 unit as a nurse, she’s doing her best to quarantine her household and keep at-risk members like her parents safe.
Teacher-Made Quarantine Hug Station
An elementary school teacher from Indiana, Kelsey Palveka, came up with a way to safely interact with her students after in-person classes were shut down. Using resealable plastic bags, she created a barrier-like suit in her front door so she could talk to her second graders face-to-face.
Smiles, laughs, happy tears, and of course, hugs, followed as fourteen students came by to visit. Pavelka told CNN that parents thanked her for the time, saying that the kids really needed it as schools reopening seem less likely as time passes.