Welcome to #NotBadNews, our new (and hopefully short-lived) daily column where we round up the good, surprising, and weird things that have happened around the world during this coronavirus pandemic.
The Beaches Planning for Social Distancing
We’ve seen the images of reopened beaches, and they’re nothing short of a social distancing-nightmare. As everyone has swarmed the shore, finding space to oneself has not exactly been easy. Spain looked at the issues at beaches across the U.S. and had an idea: roped off personal zones.
Spanish beaches will rope off zones to enforce social distancing in some areas this summer https://t.co/Mwxw9TItb0
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 7, 2020
If Spain chooses to implement these zones for beaches, it would allow for residents to enjoy their summer in an at least semi-normal way. I’ll happily take zoning if it means safely enjoying the summer sun!
Get Ready to Buy Bulk
Costco has announced that they will be requiring all customers to wear masks upon entrance. And this isn’t limited to states that already have mask requirements in place, it’s a must at all Costco locations. This company is one of the first to make such a sweeping rule, and it’s great news for the elderly and immuno-compromised living in cities that lack mask rules and special shopping hours. Costco is living up to their slogan, “Do the right thing.”
A Virtual Wedding, a Special Guest, and a Chance to Win a Honeymoon
Did coronavirus force you to postpone your wedding? Aching to just do the damn thing anyway? Might the prospect of a free honeymoon entice you even more?
If you can’t wait any longer, the travel company Hotels.com is offering you their own spokesperson as an officiant and a chance at winning a huge vacation. Yes, Captain Obvious, or as he’s now called, Chaplain Obvious, is ordained and wanting to virtually officiate your wedding!
I want to marry you! Did that come out wrong? I want to marry you and your significant other. You into that? Cool, let me officiate your virtual wedding. Yes, I’m ordained. Yes, this is weird. Yes, you could get a $5K honeymoon. https://t.co/UkEPEFCbVZ pic.twitter.com/qdXCQ2j2EP
— Captain Obvious (@CaptainObvious) May 7, 2020
If a big white wedding isn’t your vibe and you’re more into having a laugh with your chosen person, this could be the way to go—and the idea of a fully paid for honeymoon doesn’t hurt either.
This Dog Knows He’s a Star
It was a watch-party at this home for the dog who was dipping his toes in the celebrity water for the first time—and we love the enthusiasm he has for this moment of fame. Brimming with excitement, this guy just about couldn’t handle the thrill of making it on the big screen.
This local news channel did more than just give you and me at home a moment of happiness amidst the crazy, they made the star of their segment’s day!
Pizza, Hot and Ready
We’re all spending quarantine differently, some taking time to learn a new hobby other using it as a moment of R&R, and no one way of wasting time is better than another…oh wait, yes, one man’s actually is.
Ready for some serious yard-work inspiration? This dad headed out back to make something delicious, but it took a second to get there–building required.
My dads quarantine project, always being creative. pic.twitter.com/FVoQklrvrW
— cynthia (@cyncntr) May 7, 2020
From there it was all a matter of picking the right ingredients. Bon appetite!
This Hospital Got a Banksy
The elusive artist Banksy is making headlines once again for their newest installation. During National Nurses Week, Banksy sent the University Hospital Southampton a framed picture with a note asking them to hang it.
So proud to reveal this amazing piece of art Painting for Saints, created by #Banksy as a thank you to all those who work with and for the NHS and our hospital. Temporarily on display @UHSFT. An inspirational backdrop to pause and reflect in these unprecedented times. pic.twitter.com/3QIgMyrlcA
— Paula Head (@paulahead_UHS) May 6, 2020
While the illustration itself is inspirational, showing a child choosing a nurse as their hero, the impact this painting could have is far more than a simple gesture. Though the hospital is displaying the work now, they can—in the future—sell the piece for more than a pretty penny (Banksy is considered one of the most expensive living artists). That money can go towards the hospital, staff, patients—however they might choose to use it!
This art does more than simply say thank you–its future value has the potential to make huge differences for the nurses we’ve honored this week.
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