Dating has become tough for a lot of people as they live under restrictions and quarantine protocols to curb the spread of Covid-19. But, just because you’re living under restrictive protocols doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to safely date during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dating Outside of Your Social Circle
Meeting new people can be difficult when normal activities are limited, but you can still get to know someone better without increasing your risk of contracting Covid-19. When dating outside of your social circle, it’s best to go on dates outside, in places that are easy to meet up and allow you to arrive separately.
Visit Your City’s Arboretum
Arboretums are an incredible way to get outside without leaving the confines of your town or city. In addition to being easily accessible, most arboretums feature a variety of plant life that you won’t be able to locate in a park or community garden. Arboretums are also cultivated to present inspiring layouts and surroundings that stir awe and invite visitors to slow down and enjoy the moment. If your city doesn’t have an arboretum, consider visiting a local park or natural area.
Share a Hike
Hiking at a state park or nature reserve is a great way to exercise and learn a bit more about someone while enjoying the outdoors. If you decide to go hiking, call the park ahead of time to see if there are any attendance restrictions. Schedule your visit if appointments are necessary, and don’t forget to bring your own water bottle and a towel to refresh!
Check Out the Zoo
Another fantastic way to be transported to a different place without ever leaving your city is by visiting the local zoo. Plus, zoos are largely outside, which makes them an excellent spot to retreat from the monotony of quarantined life and reduce your risk of contracting Covid-19. Feed giraffes, mingle with monkeys and learn about animals from around the planet, all while you’re safely outdoors and away from cramped crowds. Make sure to bring your mask in case you decide to visit any exhibits that are inside closed areas.
Dating Inside of Your Social Circle
If you’re dating someone that’s already in your social circle or Covid-19 bubble, then it’s ok to have a date that doesn’t require judicious social distancing. Taking the same car is a safer bet and cooking together or sharing a meal outside is also a safe option. These dates are perfect for couples of all ages that just want to get out of their house and get back into the world and have some fun in a safer way.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
A farmer’s market is a great way to get out of your house for an adventure and support local farmers and produce workers. Most farmer’s markets are outdoors, which makes them a perfect venue to frequent during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you decide to take a date to the farmer’s market, try to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds. For an additional element of fun, pick a new recipe to try cooking at home together and use your trip to the farmer’s market to purchase fresh ingredients.
Cool Down at a Local Body of Water
As summer winds down, now is the time to enjoy the last bit of higher temperatures by cooling off at a local body of water. Whether you’re visiting the lake or the ocean, a natural body of water is the perfect place to have a date and enjoy your natural surroundings while remaining safer from the threat of Covid-19. When going outside to enjoy a local body of water, be sure to avoid crowds and bring your mask in case you can’t safely socially distance.
Go See a Drive-In Movie
Going to see a movie is a classic date night tradition, but it’s been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, drive-in movie theaters are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as people avoid crowded indoor areas. When going to a drive-in theater, be sure to check the schedules since most have limited offerings and run double features. And, while we experience a lull in new movie premieres, drive-ins across the United States are running classic films in their place. You can make a drive-in movie extra fun by packing some snacks and refreshments to enjoy during the movie; just make sure that outside food and drinks aren’t against the rules.
Pack a Picnic
A great way to change up your routine for an outdoor date is by packing a picnic and heading to a local park or nature reserve. When packing a picnic, aim for finger foods and try to avoid foods that require a lot of silverware so you can keep your space clutter-free and easy to clean. Before heading out for a picnic, be sure to check any food restrictions at your intended venue and try to avoid places that have a large wildlife population.
Tips for Safer Dates Amid Covid-19
It’s easy to feel trapped during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are plenty of safe ways to get out of your house and experience a little dating fun. When choosing a date, remember these tips:
1. Try to have your date outside.
2. Avoid crowded, densely populated areas like a carnival or fair.
3. Avoid activities that involve sharing surfaces with others.
4. Bring your mask and wear it when encountering others is unavoidable.
5. Pack travel-sized hand sanitizer and use it when touching shared surfaces.
6. Wear your mask at all times while in transit in a vehicle that does not belong to you.
Be Safe when Dating During Covid-19
Dating is complicated, and it’s only gotten more complicated since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. When dating during the pandemic, be sure to overcommunicate to understand your date’s quarantine protocols and to understand how comfortable you are with socializing with them. It’s ok to be uncomfortable with that conversation, just remember that we’re all in this together navigating the new normal while we flatten the curve and curb the spread of Covid-19.