Coronavirus: California girl makes plastic curtain with arm slots to hug grandparents

Coronavirus: California girl creates ‘hug curtain’

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Social distancing has really taken a toll on the elderly, particularly those with grandchildren. But a 10-year-old California girl figured out a way to hug her grandparents without putting them at a health risk.

Paige Okray, of Riverside, pieced together a shower curtain that is sealed over a doorway. The difference -- there are arm slots at the girl’s height level so she can hug her grandparents, KABC reported.

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With stay-at-home orders in California extended to July in some counties because of the coronavirus pandemic, hugs remain at a premium.

Paige used a shower curtain, Ziploc bags, a hot glue gun and disposable plates to create her “hug curtain.” She said she got her inspiration after watching a video of someone making a blanket to hug their family members.

"She came up with the idea, she laid it out in the family room and spent multiple hours working on it,” Paige’s mother, Lindsay Okray, told KABC. She works as a nurse in the COVID-19 unit at Riverside Community Hospital, so she knows about social distancing because she has had to self-isolate from family members.

Now, Paige and her mother can get some much-needed family hugs.

Using Ziploc bags and a shower curtain (a clear one, actually), a California girl created a "hug curtain" so she could embrace her grandparents.
Using Ziploc bags and a shower curtain (a clear one, actually), a California girl created a "hug curtain" so she could embrace her grandparents. (Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk)