12 free services to try out while practicing social distancing

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April 22, 2020

Across the globe, staying at home has become our new reality. Many of us aren’t used to this lifestyle and the novelty of relaxing at home has worn off. It’s important for all of us to stay connected, create new routines, and try to participate in activities that could reduce the anxiety associated with isolation. 

Over the past weeks, we’ve seen companies fundamentally shift how they provide their services, in an effort to help people remain healthy, entertained and connected. 

Here are 12 companies that have changed the way people can access their services during a time of social distancing and uncertainty.      


If you live in Toronto, Dipp has created a helpful guide of which restaurants and businesses are still open in your community. Everything from restaurant availability to food delivery and take out options, Dipp’s OpenTO service is a great way to find out if your favourite local coffee shop is still open right now, and  in what capacity.


Go Fetch Health is providing a free live veterinary support app for pet parents and veterinarians across Canada. If you’re a pet parent and need support, take advantage of their free service. Offer ends June 1st 2020. 

Netflix Party 

Whether it’s Friday night, or Monday afternoon - if you miss your bffs, then Netflix Party is offering a way for you and your friends to watch something together, from a distance. Another free way to do the things you love, with the people you love -from the comfort of your own couch. 

Harry Potter at Home 

If you’re a Potter fan then you have to check out this fun curated space of quizzes, puzzles, and activities that you can do between meetings, or with friends for a good time. 

Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera in NYC is offering free nightly live opera performances. Whether opera is already your thing, or social distancing has inspired you to try something new, this might be a good evening watch. You can check out their weekly calendar here.


Need something to read? Check out Scribd’s 30 day free trial for new customers that sign up before May 3rd, 2020. You’ll get access to their extensive library of ebooks, audio books, magazine articles and more. 


The uncertainty during this time can feel monotonous and overwhelming at the same time. Taking care of your mental wellbeing is important. Headspace is currently offering a free collection of meditations called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, as well as sleep and movement exercises to help you out with however you may be feeling. 


With ample time to binge watch popular series, get a 30 day free trial to Canadian streaming service, Crave, before April 30th to help you stay entertained with content by HBO and Showtime.

Prime Video

More Free TV stuff. Get a 30 Day free trial to Prime Video. 


If you don’t have time for hours of screen time, or it’s just not your thing, check out a free 90 day trial on Quibi, the new streaming platform delivering short-form programming, made for your phone. New shows are released daily and are easily digestible at just 10 minutes in length; perfect to watch while prepping a lunch or a snack.


Live on demand workouts in a series of workout styles. More free fitness content to keep the mind and body connected

Skill Share

Why not take all your extra indoor free time to expand on your creativity with a 2 month free trial to take classes on illustration, photography, design and more.  A great way to build new fun skills or tap into old favourites.

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