Since late 2019, COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, has spread across the globe. This highly-contagious disease causes respiratory issues. It can damage the lungs and internal organs. Almost 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 as of April 18, 2020. The severity of COVID-19 has prompted governments to impose restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus. One out of every three people worldwide have been affected by these restrictions.

Some countries have begun to remove the restrictions on their citizens. The federal government of the United States has also introduced guidelines to allow states to safely reopen businesses. Many individuals are preparing to return to work and resume their normal activities. These are several ways to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 restrictions.

1. Host a party

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You can hire a magician and secure a cotton candy machine rental to host a backyard carnival and entertain guests of all ages. This is a great way to welcome friends and family back to your home. You may also want to combine your celebration with a birthday party or mark other special occasions that occurred during the lockdown.

2. Take a vacation

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Many people have spent weeks restricted to their homes. Some have ventured out to shop for essentials, such as groceries, but many of the people who have continued working have also been working from home. When the lockdown is lifted you may want to enjoy a change of scenery by taking a vacation.

3. Day-trip to Lansing

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Plan a Lansing trip for a change of scenery. Tour the Capitol Building. Visit the Potter Park Zoo and the science center. You can also go for a bike ride on the Lansing River Trail or visit some of the free parks and gardens that Lansing is home to. Stay in one of Lansing’s friendly hotels. A trip to Lansing is the perfect way to enjoy nature again when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

4. Host a family dinner

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Many people have missed gathering with their extended family during the lockdown. You can plan a family dinner in your home and gather siblings, grandparents, and others together. This is a great way to catch up with your entire family at the same time.

5. Go shopping

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Some states have restricted stores from selling non-essential items, such as electronics and clothes. You may be looking forward to shopping for these items. Hopefully, supply levels will also return to normal after the lockdown, and you may be looking forward to stocking up on items that were in short supply, such as hand sanitizer.

6. Get a makeover

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The social distancing guidelines have prevented many people from getting a haircut or having their nails done. When the restrictions are lifted you may want to make an appointment with your hairdresser or manicurist. You may also opt to book a day at a local spa so that you can also enjoy a facial and get a massage.

7. Go to the gym

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After weeks of being confined to your home, you may be looking forward to getting back to the gym. You can mark the end of the COVID-19 lockdown by returning to yoga or pilates classes that you were signed up for. You can also add your workouts at your local gym back into your daily schedule.

8. Sign up for a class

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Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to make pottery or speak Spanish. Sign up to take a class once the restrictions are lifted. Personal enrichment courses are a great way of developing new skills and pursuing your interests.

9. Go out to dinner

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Many restaurants have continued to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown, but they have been limited to take-out services only. You may be looking forward to returning to your favorite restaurant and eating outside your home. You can make a reservation and meet up with friends or family. This is a great way to support local businesses that may be struggling financially due to the shutdown.

10. Visit extended family

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Visit family members who live far away or are not as mobile as you are. Individuals living in nursing homes have not been able to have visitors during the lockdown. Make time to go and see them when the restrictions are lifted. It may also be easier for you to travel to see relatives who have young children.