VALENTINES DAY

5 Steps to Embrace Your First Pandemic Valentine's Day

As it did with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Super Bowl, the CDC is advising everyone to take added precautions when getting together with that special someone for Valentine's Day.

This story originally appeared on LX.com

Here we go again.

The Center for Disease Control is understandably being a buzzkill when it comes to your Valentine's Day weekend. As it did with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Super Bowl, the CDC is advising everyone to take added precautions when planning your Valentine's Day activities.

With that in mind here are a few suggestions for keeping yourself and your significant other safe as you celebrate a romantic weekend.

Go Virtual

No, it's not the same as you might have done it in past years. But bar hopping is out and virtual dating is on the rise during pandemic. Valentine's Day is sure to see a surge in online activity. So why not join the fun? If you're looking for Mr. Right...or Mr. Right Now..the Internet is your safest bet for virutally and safely meeting your next potential partner.

Bring Dinner to You

Yes, dinner at your favorite restaurant is probably off this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. So how about bringing the restaurant to you? And we're not talking about take out. You can hire your own professional chef to come to your home and cook the gourmet meal of your choice just for you and your special someone. Some pro chefs, like Mark Tafoya of ReMARKable Palate, will come to your home and prepare a four-course meal, giving you a choice of cuisines to pick from running the gamut from the mundane Italian to something more exotic like Vietnamese, Thai, Umbrian or Tuscan.

Plan a Movie Date Night

You got that huge flat screen TV for a reason. Ok... two reasons. Football and everything else. But there will be no shortage of rom-coms to choose from Valentine's night. So put the popcorn in the microwave, put up your feet and get comfy for the evening.

Have an Outdoor Picnic

If you're lucky enough to live in a warm weather climate where dining outside is an option... pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and head for the nearest hill with the best view. There's nothing more romantic than a hilltop picnic for two. And if you plan to celebrate with someone you don’t live with, outdoors is safer than indoors.

The Gift of Solitude

Listen up dads! This one is for all the Valentine moms out there. Give your partner a “day off.” Arrange for you and the kids to give them solitude for a whole day. Send her off to a day spa where (while wearing a mask) she can get the pampering she deserves.

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