Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and the announcement of facilities within the community closing, the City of Martensville Recreation Department wanted to do something that could help keep people entertained and provide a little bit of fun for families that are at home for the time being; therefore, Martensville Mind Boost was created.
“Here at the Recreation Department, we had a chance to brainstorm together some ideas of activities and themes that people would be interested in doing at home. It was planned in response to the new procedures put in place with the Covid-19 pandemic because all of the other events and activities that we plan here were put on hold. We decided that we wanted to offer something that the community could do in the meantime that would keep them both happy and healthy,” Jessica Loran, Program Coordinator II, explained.
Martensville Mind Boost can be found on Facebook and offers a variety of themes throughout each week, with ideas and activities that you can participate in and share photos. “The program is designed to give people who are isolated and bored at home something fun to do, that can also include the social aspect, by sharing it online, and community building that we are all missing and craving right now,” Loran added.
Through these activities, residents are still able to foster a sense of community, while practicing proper social distancing and isolation. “Individuals and families can take part in the activities listed, document what they have done and share it with us on the event page,” Loran said. All participants will be entered into a weekly prize draw.
The City of Martensville reminds residents to continue to take recommended preventative measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include: practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette (into the bend of your elbow), washing your hands often with soap and water, if soap and water are not available, using an alcohol based hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, maintain safe food practices and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
“Practicing these safe behaviors doesn’t mean that we can’t get outside for fresh air, get exercise and socialize virtually with our friends, family and community. Taking part in these activities will help keep you mentally healthy as well as physically healthy,” Loran stated.