The Planet Earth: Closed for Repairs (due to coronavirus): 7 ways to kill time

By Asitha Jayawardena

“The Planet Earth: Closed for Repairs.” I have seen this in a social media post.

First of all, I have to apologize the world because of the death toll so far. Now, over 135,000 people have died from this pandemic.

In the UK, as the number of positive cases approach 100,000, nearly 13,000 have sadly died from coronavirus and the lockdown will continue for another three weeks.

In lockdown, what you should do?

Seven ways to kill time while obtaining a qualification in some.

Grow vegetables

With your city, town or village in lockdown, buying vegetables and fruit will be difficult, especially most of the stock is imported. That’s why you need to be soil-y, planting at least carrots, beans, tomatoes and onions. With Amazon, you can obtain seeds but some sellers take additional time to deliver.

Exercise: Walk, run, cycle

Until seeds arrive, you must do something. Exercise. The UK government guidelines say that you (with a member of the family) must walk, run or cycle once a day. Dogs should be on lead or else they might break so-called social distancing!

Watch TV and movies

Once you exercise, don’t forget the time the government gives the daily briefing, i.e. 5pm. Additionally, you can watch a movie. Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Frozen Planet are Ideal to watch, thanking David Attenborough.

Enjoy music

When not on TV, enjoy music. Adele, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are ideal candidates to choose from.

Read books

When you are on your own, read books and magazines. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg is a good book to read. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac is another. An inquisitive thing to read about is the pandemic caused by Covid-19.

Enrol in courses

You can also enrol on courses, especially about climate change and sustainability. FutureLearn ( and Edx ( are good course providers that will help you educate on subjects, courses and online degrees.

Spend time with family

We all have to spend time with ourselves and this is the whole problem! But spending time with family is not that bad because family members are really good. I found in another social post!

Note: This article avoided the work-at-home engagements such as computer work and social media.