How to have movie or game night with friends while social distancing

Posted at 7:10 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 08:27:17-04

It's only been one day since bars, nightclubs, many movie theaters and more were closed, but are you already missing your friends or that special long-distance someone?

The public has been asked to stay home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but that doesn't mean you can't have a social life.

Here's how you can have a party, but still follow the CDC-recommended social distancing practices:

1. Watch Netflix movies and shows at the same time, but from the comfort of your own homes
The Chrome extension Netflix Party creates a function on your Netflix interface that allows you to chat with shared viewers and keep the party going while you watch. It allows you to play and pause for everyone in the group so you remain synced.

2. Play games like Cards Against Humanity against your friends online
AirConsole, a globally leading platform for casual games, announced that they will provide everyone with free access to all of their video games during the COVID-19 lockdowns. AirConsole is a cloud based video game console that is accessible from every home through the web browser. All players need to play is a smartphone and computer. They have a library of 150 games across a variety of genres including the game night favorite, Cards Against Humanity. Dozens of the games are always free, but you can use the promotional code “919 2020” to get two weeks of free access to the other games as well.

3. Video chat while you do #1 and #2
With Google Hangout, Facebook Messenger and more having free group video chats, you don't have to miss your friends' faces for a minute!

BONUS: Looking for date ideas while stuck at home? Here's a list of museums you can virtually tour and other adventures you can have from home.