Ferndale Tries Out 'Social Distancing Bingo' As City Takes Action Against Coronavirus


FERNDALE, Mich. (WWJ) -- We're certainly living in different times. Schools are closed, people are working from home, restaurants are limited to takeout only and other measures are being taken to protect the public from the coronavirus pandemic.

The city of Ferndale is doing its part to make sure residents are staying safe, but also making sure they don't go entirely stir crazy.

That's where "Social Distancing Bingo" comes in. As people are urged to stay six feet away from others in public, it can be tough to get out and support the local economy. But Ferndale has come up with a game to encourage both.

The game, which can earn players a $50 gift card, has simple rules:

  • Stay six feet apart
  • Limit five people per establishment
  • Wash your hands after every transaction

Players must create a line of five on the Social Distancing Bingo card by purchasing things from Downtown Ferndale businesses or doing things in public while practicing social distancing.

Tasks include things like ordering delivery from various locations, shopping at a grocery store, going for a walk and thanking police officers and firefighters.

Social Distancing Bingo

The first 10 winners will receive a $50 gift card to a local business of their choice.

Lena Stevens, Executive Director of the city's Downtown Development Authority, says it's a good way to keep Ferndale safe, while also helping local businesses stay afloat.

"They're innovating all on their own," Stevens told WWJ. "Western Market is a wonderful local market and they're offering a a dedicated business hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for shoppers with compromised immune systems."

Stevens also says some restaurants are teaming up together to provide delivery service. 

The city is offering free 30-minute parking for takeout orders.