The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, like its name suggests, typically focuses on those visiting Dublin.

But since the onslaught of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the organization has pivoted from marketing the city to supporting those who are already here.

Sara Blatnik, the bureau's marketing director, said the organization has been identifying ways to support the community, its businesses and other organizations.

"Our focus has kind of changed," she said.

Dublin's restaurants are a big part of the city's tourism industry, Blatnik said.

The bureau has assembled a directory on its website of restaurants offering carryout or delivery, Blatnik said.

"I think people want to support our local businesses," she said.

The bureau is also offering ideas for residents sheltering at home and looking for things to do. It is offering a weekly T-shirt for children and families who create their own versions of fairy doors on the bureau's Fairy Door Trail.

And each Friday, the bureau plans to share a Celtic Cocktail recipe from a Dublin restaurant demonstrating how to make a specific drink at home.

Viewing public art is always a good outdoors option in Dublin, Blatnik said. The Dublin Arts Council has information about a self-guided cellphone tour on its website, she said.

Families can also visit the city's parks and natural sites such as Indian Run Falls and Hayden Run Falls.

The bureau is working with the arts council on developing coloring pages featuring Dublin landmarks, such as the pedestrian bridge or the Dublin Irish Festival, Blatnik said.

"It's something that kids can do at home safely," she said.

David Guion, arts council executive director, said staff members have gathered ideas about ways children and adults can be creative while at home. He said the list is assembled at dublinarts.org/news/be-creative.

"Tuning in to your creative side is really key," he said. The creative process can give people more of a focus and calming.

People can also share ideas by tagging the arts council on social media using the hashtags #becreative and #flattenthecurve.

Outdoor activities are also options.

The cellphone tour that the arts council offers gives people a chance to learn about Dublin's public arts from the artists themselves, Guion said.

The arts council's river boxes, which Guion describes as "where geocaching meets public art," are also an option for those who want to get outside.

"We're just encouraging the community to get out and explore the city in ways that they wouldn't normally explore the city," he said.

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