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OK, this is a tough time for everyone right now - for our own safety we're being asked to stay inside our houses unless absolutely necessary, and to maintain a safe distance from others even if we do.
While that obviously changes and severely limits the options that we've got for our spare time, it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy some of our favourite pastimes from the comfort and security of our own homes.
With that in mind, independent craft brewery BrewDog has announced that it's opening 102 of its pubs online and holding a load of events starting this Friday.
That means that you can enjoy the benefits of being in the pub from your living room couch, meet up with your mates, sink a few cold ones, and socialise.
So, what does that actually mean?
Well, as of 6pm this Friday - that's 27 March, if you're losing track of the days - the virtual bars will throw open their cyber-doors for anyone in the world to join in for events like beer-tastings, home brewing masterclasses, pub quizzes, comedy sets and live music.
On top of that, every single BrewDog bar in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and the United States will have its own event for regulars to connect with others from around the globe.
During each of their sessions, there will be Q&A opportunities, competitions and giveaways, and a whole heap of other stuff that has yet to be announced.
Introducing BrewDog Online Bar :computer::beer:
Doors open 6pm, Friday 27th March.
Beer. Quiz. Music. Community.
Staying in is the new going out.
More details coming soon
Stock up now in time for Friday:https://t.co/7xlS0zxLLb pic.twitter.com/zNEKV08TYt
- BrewDog (@BrewDog) March 23, 2020
Sure, the lockdown isn't ideal, but you might as well try to do something fun to relieve the monotony.
If you keep an eye out for stuff being announced on there, you'll also learn more about where the virtual bars are to be hosted - online, obviously - and how you can get involved with everything that's going on.
James Watt, the co-founder of the Aberdeenshire based brewery, said: "Community has always been at the absolute core of what we do.
"And the role that community and great beer play in our society is now more important than ever. Our online bars will be open for business on the 27th of March at 6pm, and we are scheduling a series of amazing sessions with guest breweries, online tastings, games, entertainment.
"We're looking forward to welcoming you all and sharing a beer."
Think of it as less of a lockDOWN, and more of a lock-IN.