By Thérèse Bo-Wenge
The COVID-19 outbreak has allowed for the emergence of new trends to keep the world busy during the self-isolation period. To support more accessibility to Ontarians we’ve seen new trends on social media and streaming sites, new food delivery policies and even new shifts in online shopping and education.
Artists such as Swae Lee, John Legend and Chris Martin of Coldplay gave fans a free “Quarantine Concert” on Instagram live. Other shifts in social media entertainment include “Quarantine Radio” by Tory lanez featuring Pop and Rap artist and ongoing live stream series named “Bright Minded: Live with Miley Cyrus” where fans see her discuss various topics with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Lauren & Cameron from Netflix’s hit show, Love Is Blind.
Many creators are making TikToks, showcasing their daily lives, self-isolating. #happyathome, #onlineclass, #realifeathome are trendy hashtags that bring laughter and entertainment to viewers. #Whippedcoffee is an informative trend born to quarantine, leading to the DIY whipped ice coffee movement that many coffee lovers are recreating at home. Lastly, the #toiletpaperchallenge also rose during this pandemic.
Now that we are obligated to socially distance ourselves, we can also observe new tendencies on Netflix also known as Netflix and Quarantine. Netflix Canada has various trending movies and shows like: Tyger King Murder: Mayhem and Madness, Ozark, Life of the Party, Contagion, Unorthodox, Dare Me, The Decline and Love is Blind. Check them out and see what the hype is all about! Also, to provide “some fun and joy during a challenging period”, Frozen 2 is now available on Disney+.
Food and Take-Out Delivery
As dine-in restaurants are no longer an option, customers who look forward to eating the food they love can use delivery apps to continue quality and safe food service. Uber Eats, DoorDash and Skip the Dishes have made new policies announcing a no contact-delivery option and staff with sanitizing supplies on the go. This includes a $0 delivery fee (only applicable on DoorDash every Saturday) to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. Uber-eats British-Columbia has even permitted the delivery of local crafted alcohol in the Greater Vancouver Area (*to adults 19 and older).
Grocery Stores and Online Shopping
When the virus became a pandemic, many panicked and went grocery shopping to stock up, leaving stores overwhelmed. Grocery stores are essential businesses and in response to the pandemic rush, Walmart Canada hired over 10,000 new workers and are on the lookout for more due to a high volume of online grocery shopping and delivery service to customers. Loblaws announced a 15% wage increase for workers and an increase of $2/hr for frontline workers.
Due to the closure of schools possibly lasting a while, the Ontario government has announced a virtual platform for students from kindergarten to grade 12 called “Learn at Home”. It offers students with math and literacy activities in both English and French, as well as helpful resources for parents and caregivers to make up for this change.
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