Early in 2020, the Courier Mail published an article about moving business and communities online when the world went into isolation.

Here is a brief summary of the article:

Online video apps like Zoom and Skype have become indispensable tools for individuals, businesses, clubs, and friends amidst the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqui Bilsborough, a 50-year-old resident of Maudsland, turned to Zoom for her pilates classes at Shoes off Living studio, expressing gratitude for the sense of normalcy it provided during chaotic times.

The article highlights the widespread adoption of videoconferencing tools, emphasising their versatility in various sectors.

Kim Juster, the founder of Shoes off Living, sees online classes not only as a means of maintaining income but also as a way to foster community and connection. Opening classes 15 minutes early allows participants to socialise, creating a sense of normality and combating the isolation many are experiencing.

Despite challenges, such as interruptions from family members during video classes, the benefits of staying connected and engaged during a time of forced isolation outweigh the drawbacks.