1. The Quarantini. Yes, the pandemic now has an official cocktail. Here’s a link to Town and Country magazine’s 10 recipes for the drink. There are many more variations, including one I saw elsewhere “with a Carmin garnish.”
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2. Virtual dance parties. Can’t go out clubbing with your friends? Connecting on Zoom with multiple images on screen allows you to dress up, “gather” with friends and take turns being the DJ.
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3. Virtual wine tasting. I agree. Watching someone drink wine onscreen can be pretty boring. Acker Wines came up with a brilliant idea. You sign up for a Burgundy tasting on Zoom. They tell you ahead of time what wines to buy. You open and taste them together.
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4. Drive-up confessional. Most houses of worship are closed in keeping with the ban on large gatherings. According to The Washingtonian, a Maryland Priest has setup a drive-through confessional in a parking lot. The key issue is confidentiality, so he has erected an opaque screen as a visual barrier.
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5. Museum tours. Many museums, large and small, have set up virtual tours. People can tour the highlights of the collection. Good Housekeeping has an article with links to several, including the Louvre.
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6. Virtual weddings. A Knoxville couple had their wedding ceremony videoed and viewed online, so invited guests would still be able to attend.
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7. Online car buying. You’ve seen the ads on TV. Some car companies will allow you to buy your new car online and have the vehicle delivered to your driveway!
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8. Virtual dinner parties. Dinner parties are being adapted to comply with rules against group gatherings. The British newspaper The Guardian offers a step-by-step guide to organinzing your “on screen” dinner party.
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9. Baking and cooking. It makes sense, if restaurants are closed. According to CNBC, people are “baking their way through the pandemic”. The Atlantic explains cooking is an excellent distraction.
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10. Virtual happy hours. If you have a friend you normally see for drinks (or coffee), what could be easier than laying out munchies, making your cocktail and FaceTiming each other? According to Forbes, virtual happy hours are the “new way to go out.”
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11. Upscale work-from-home wardrobes. It’s not what you think, all pajamas and sweatpants. Thomas Pink, the British shirt maker on Jermyn Street in London is promoting its WFH wardrobe for wearing in between Zoom meetings. FYI: A pair of boxer shorts retails at $40. Corduroy trousers are about $295.
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Clients are concerned about the coronavirus. Their personal health. Travel restrictions. The economy. The stock market. As their advisor, you want to keep in touch. You also want to lift their spirits. If every conversation sounds like: “It’s bad now. It’s going to get worse,” they might not be looking forward to these conversations.

Here are a few outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic that might lift their spirits and convey: “We might get through this after all.”

These ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. You know about online exercise classes, continuing education, online auctions and online shopping. There are plenty of ways to socialize even while sheltering in place. Your client will likely want to get that Quarantini recipe.

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