The COVID-19 pandemic forced a worldwide lockdown. Many countries required citizens to quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus. There was no longer any common human interactions. When people weren’t allowed to see people physically, the only source of “dating” was virtually. While it’s hard, I discovered some tips to make the most of your dating life during the pandemic.
While the pandemic is very much so still present, many states eased up on the social distancing restrictions. There are more safe ways to date than in the previous months. I recommend more creative dates, now that the basic movie and dinner date can be harder to arrange.
A great date idea is setting up a picnic, depending on the weather. Romantic picnics are a great way to enjoy nature, have intimate chats, and show your creative sides. Choosing a location with a nice view, by the water, or even in a local park would make for a great picnic. I suggest brining a card game, or come up with some creative talking points to get to know your partner better.
One activity that’s gotten more popular since the pandemic is hiking. This date is for people looking to do something fun and adventurous. There are quite a few hiking trails within the DMV area, and I’m sure there are some in surrounding states. Not only is it adventurous, but hiking with a partner can be a team building exercise.
Stay Safe and Be Realisitc
At the end of the day your safety comes first. I know sometimes we have the urge for social gatherings and interactions, but we must be realistic. If you plan to see your partner for a date, and you just went to a pool party with 50+ people, maybe it’s not the smartest idea. Not only is it selfish but it’s inconsiderate to spread those germs unto a partner. If you plan to be physical please make sure this is also done in a safe manner. If need be, you and your partner can regularly get COVID tests.
We all have to adjust to the new social norms, but my biggest piece of advice is to remain patient. Everyone has different comfortability levels of social distancing and their overall safety. Some may feel comfortable eating at restaurants, while others may not. It’s important to be respectful to your partner’s comfortability level surrounding the virus. I would recommend meeting in the middle and finding a way to date whether that be virtual or in person. You have to decide which form of dating works best for you and your partner.