Valentine's Day: Video Call and say 'I Love You'  during Covid-19
Valentine's Day: Video Call and say 'I Love You' during Covid-19

According to the latest guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the safest way to celebrate the holiday is to stick with the people you live with or transition the festivities online.

Have a Safer Valentine's Day - CDC Latest Guidelines

The safest way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is gathering virtually or with people who live with you.

  • Make Valentine cards or decorations and drop them off to loved ones.
  • Take a walk with your Valentine.
  • Celebrate with loved ones virtually.
  • Prepare a special meal or dessert.
  • Plan a special movie or game night.
  • Have a picnic outside.

If you plan to celebrate with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors.

The CDC suggests making Valentine cards or decorations and dropping them off to loved ones. Experts say that while it may not be safe to hug or kiss loved ones who you do not live with, you can exchange something comforting, such as a large teddy bear or cozy blanket, both of which offer safe, physical comfort.

If you're not in a quarantine bubble with your Valentine—or are meeting someone special for the first time—take a socially distanced walk outdoors or host a virtual date night instead of gathering indoors.

If you live in a warmer climate, consider setting up an outdoor picnic complete with cheese, sweet bites, and a bottle of wine to celebrate Valentine's Day safely with your loved ones. And as always, you should always wear a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth, especially if you are unable to maintain social distance from those who are outside of your quarantine bubble.

Safer Celebrations - CDC Guidelines

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.

In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make the holidays safer, take these additional steps if attending a gathering to make your celebration safer:

  • Have conversations ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid shouting or singing.

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If Hosting

  • If you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, cancel the gathering.
  • Provide single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like plates and utensils.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have extra unused masks available for your guests and encourage everyone to wear them inside and outside.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
  • Have a separate space for guests to wash their hands or provide hand sanitizer.

Receiving gifts

Send someone a delivery of their favorite foods. To put a romantic spin on it, consider sending dessert and wine. Chocolate strawberries anyone?

Ship a Valentine's Day care package with their favorite items. Fill the box with gifts that remind you of them, like homemade treats and a lavender-scented candle.

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