New Jersey residents have been ordered to stay at home by Gov. Phil Murphy to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many people have been left to their own devices to pass the time during this period of self-isolation.
While some ponder the best way to spend their free time between working from home or remote instruction for school, others struggle with never-ending boredom or cabin fever as a result of being laid off or unable to work.
A number of creative activities are keeping residents, especially children, busy during these trying times.
In North Bergen, the township is trying to entertain residents and show pride in the community. Mayor Nicholas Sacco is encouraging all residents to show their Bruin Bear Pride with a town-wide Bruin Bear Hunt.
“During these trying times we need to be creative on how we share our North Bergen pride and put a smile on the faces of people all throughout our community,” Sacco said. “Please place a Teddy Bear in your window to allow kids and adults to go on a #bruinbearhunt while out for a much-needed walk or drive.”
To participate, residents have been asked to put a teddy bear in their window that is visible from the street. No interaction with others is needed, and the event abides by all social-distancing recommendations.
Residents can participate in the Bruin Bear Hunt and search for teddy bears while walking their dogs, and or going for a drive or a walk to spend time outside during the stay-at-home order.
Sacco reminded residents it’s vitally important to continue practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and hand washing at all times.
Participants are asked to share pictures of the teddy bears in their windows on social media to spread township pride. The event aims to create a sense of community despite the forced isolation and self-quarantine.
“Let’s all have some fun and share some positivity,” Sacco said. “Use these hashtags if you would like to share your pics #bruinbearhunt in #bearcountry.”
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