The COVID-19 Pandemic has put a strain on lots of things in our lives, including relationships. Valentine’s this year will be an unusual one, but if you are looking for ways to socially distance yourself and still spend time with your significant other, don’t fret. Here’s a list of seven ideas to stay safe this holiday.

  1. Play a board game or video game. Maybe you and your Valentine already have one that you play together. For instance, my boyfriend and I like to duel in sword-fighting game For Honor and joke that it’s a good way to settle arguments. (As it turns out, I normally lose, and this is not the case.) If, however, you don’t already do something like this, now is as good a time as any to start. You may even continue the hobby after Valentine’s is over.

  2. Cook together. Though many restaurants are now open, some have proven seemingly higher-risk factors than others and with the holiday coming around one can expect that going out into public will be as busy as ever, unfortunately. If you’re looking for a safe alternative to going out, try cooking together. Having a background in cooking should make this a rewarding effort, but if you don’t know anything about it, don’t worry. The less either of you know about cooking, the more hilarity may ensue. As a disclaimer, please do not burn down your place of residence or cause any accidents with the cooking utensils. 

  3. Weather permitting, build a snowman. Because the environment has chosen to unleash its wrath upon us this winter, we may as well spite it in return by making good use of the endless blankets of snow we have been given. Try a themed snowman. Name them and take photos, for they will not last long. 

  4. Bake sweet treats for your sweetheart. But not Valentine’s themed. That’s cliche. Use up those Christmas sprinkles and Halloween cookie cutters. The pandemic has already mostly dissolved our sense of rational timekeeping, why not throw out the calendar altogether? 

  5. Consult the bucket list. Have some ideas you’ve been tossing around for ages but never done? Surely, most of us have already run through all of the usual methods for passing time this quarantine and are quickly losing our minds for want of activity. So-called “bucket lists” may be good sources of inspiration to make your Valentine’s Day special, or something like that.

  6. Just rent the whole movie theater. No, I’m not kidding. Certain AMC theaters are available for rent starting at $99, or higher, depending on the movie. This is certainly one of the pricier options in this list, but the cost can feasibly be split with other couples and within an entire theater there is plenty of space to remain socially-distanced. 

  7. Count the days until the true holiday, Feb. 15, arrives. This is the day all candy goes on sale and the public is most likely less active. This is the day to celebrate, because Valentine’s isn’t about the day on the calendar. It’s about spending time with your loved one.

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