February brings the season of love, but welcoming another Valentine’s Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic may still have its challenges. Consider some COVID-19-friendly ways to help celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022 safely.
Valentine’s Day Ideas during COVID-19
As we continue to navigate the persistent Omicron variant, coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas might still take some creativity. Whether you’re celebrating a long-term love, a budding romance or close friendships – get inspired to share the love while helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Cook a Meal Together
If enjoying a dinner together is one of your favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day, consider opting to whip something up at home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, so choosing to dine at home could help prevent COVID-19 exposure.1 Shake up your culinary routine by teaming up to try a challenging recipe, a cuisine you don’t often indulge in or perhaps a heart-healthy option for American Heart Month.
Plan a Staycation
Community transmission for COVID-19 remains high across the United States, according to data from the CDC.2 If travel woes are affecting your romantic weekend plans – try playing tourist close to home. Check out some new local offerings to help ease the wanderlust or set aside some time to stay put while breaking away from your typical schedule. If you’re looking for at-home Valentine’s Day ideas, signing up for a virtual experience like a painting or cooking class is a great way to change up your routine while spending time with a loved one.
Planning a date with a new flame? The CDC maintains that if you’re meeting up with someone that doesn’t live in your household – choosing an outdoor location is safer than indoors.1 Bundle up and lean into seasonal fun with options like grabbing a cup of hot cocoa at a winter market or going ice skating, if weather permits.
Spread Love, Not COVID-19
Whatever Valentine’s Day activities you decide on, stay informed about ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to check local rules and regulations, and consider additional CDC guidelines, including:3
- Getting vaccinated
- Wearing a mask
- Getting tested
- Keeping a 6-foot distance from others you don’t live with
- Washing your hands
BioReference can help you stay in-the-know with COVID-19 testing through Scarlet Health®. Scarlet® makes it easier than ever to get a COVID-19 sample collected before or after Valentine’s Day activities – or whenever it’s most convenient for you. Simply schedule an appointment and a Scarlet Health Professional will meet you at your home or workplace and deliver your specimen to BioReference for testing. Celebrate the season of love safely this year and let BioReference and Scarlet Health keep you informed with COVID-19 testing.