Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:51

Richmond Co. Chamber, Tourism team up for online activities during COVID-19 quarantine

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The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority have teamed up for several activities, including Local Support Bingo. The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority have teamed up for several activities, including Local Support Bingo. Contributed image

ROCKINGHAM — Many small businesses across Richmond County — as well as the state and nation — are struggling after being shut down or limited in operations by governments in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

North Carolina and other states are also under orders to remain home except under certain circumstances.

In this “uncharted territory,” the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and Richmond County Tourism Development Authority have teamed up to create several activities for residents to participate in while practicing social distancing.

“Right now, people want information, which we have been pumping out through email and social media,” said Chamber President Emily Tucker. “But they also need distraction and something fun to do while out of work (and) out of school.”

One activity was a virtual scavenger hunt, created by Tourism Director Meghann Lambeth.

“My goal for the virtual scavenger hunt was to support parents in providing interactive educational content that would also help everyone learn more about our community,” she said.

The scavenger hunt was launched on March 23, after Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all public schools to close on March 16.

The bingo-like card featured items for children to find the answers to, including the population of the county and municipalities, and the names of each city or town’s elected officials.

The prize was a Richmond County Tourism silicone card holder

On Tuesday, Lambeth announced the winner was Casen Capel, a third-grader at Mineral Springs.

Lambeth said she is planning a new contest for next week.

Two days before the scavenger hunt, the Chamber and Tourism posted on Facebook a Local Support Bingo card.

“I follow other counties’ tourism and chamber pages and saw a similar idea,” Lambeth said. “I love Richmond County and the loyalty and passion of our local business owners is part of what makes our community so special. 

“Many of our small businesses are the first ones we turn to when we need support whether it be for school, sports, or any type of fundraising, so I wanted to encourage everyone to remember them in their time of need for that reciprocity.”

Each spot on the card represents an activity to support those businesses. Examples  include: ordering take-out meals from local restaurants; purchasing gift cards; “liking” local businesses’ Facebook pages; checking up with family and friends via letters, phone calls or social media; and taking advantage of the county’s natural resources.

The two also teamed up for Richmond County Spirit Week, giving residents a chance to share photos of their participation on social media.

It started on Monday with “Pajama Day,” where participants were encouraged to share photos of themselves in their PJs using #RCOSpiritWeek. Most of those tagged pics were of kids.

Tuesday was Disney Day, with one person posting photos from Walt Disney World and another wearing a Disney T-shirt showing off a collection of plush characters. There was even a grinning Disney princess.

With Wednesday being April Fools Day, participants are urged to wear Christmas outfits.

Thursday is Social Distancing Twins Day, with the suggestion to dress alike whether it be with your kids, other family members, friends or co-workers.

The week draws to a close with RCO Spirit Day, when those taking part are asked to wear swag from any local school, business or event.