Quarantine Date Nights

Who says romance is dead? The COVID-19 quarantine has brought a lot of issues to the United States, like record-breaking unemployment claims, essential workers being responsible to work on the front lines of the virus and many people being forced to stay home to try and flatten the curve. Among those stuck inside are couples, who may live together or not, trying to keep the relationship alive and exciting while trying to stay sane with each other. Date nights are always important in a relationship and, even during an unprecedented quarantine, it is important to be creative and find ways to spend time with your partner. Here are some date night ideas for couples stuck together in quarantine.

1. Walks

Staff Writer Jessica's boyfriends during one of their walks down to the river.
My boyfriend during a walk down to the river. Photo by Jessica Collins

A walk is always relaxing and during this time, it seems like a lot more people are taking them to get out of the house, without risking their health or the health of others. 

SUNY Plattsburgh student Tony Martinez said, “We go on walks to get out of the cramped house and get fresh air in the safest way possible.” 

If you have a dog, take them for a nice adventure out of the house. Walking with your partner is a great way to make conversation and learn new things about one another. 

2. Make Dinner together

The pan of wings immediately after being taken out of the oven during an at-home dinner date. Photo by Jessica Collins
The pan of wings immediately after being taken out of the oven during an at-home dinner date. Photo by Jessica Collins.

Many people are resorting to take-out delivery during these strange times, but making dinner for yourself can be healthier, cheaper and even a little fun. A nice date night inside could be planning out, cooking and eating dinner together. This could be a great time to talk and have fun with each other.

3. movie and popcorn nights

Buttery popcorn is an essential for a movie night at home. Photo by Ginny (under CC BY-SA 2.0, no changes have been made.)
Buttery popcorn is an essential for a movie night at home. Photo by Ginny (under CC BY-SA 2.0, no changes have been made.)

With movie theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, films are being postponed and finished ones are posted online to rent for “home premieres.” You can rent films online at Fandango, Amazon, and other sites. You can also find older movies on Netflix or Hulu. 

“We’ll make a little bed on the floor and hook up our projector and make little snacks,” Plattsburgh resident Justin Laporte said. 

Popcorn is an essential and iconic aspect of watching movies, so make sure to stock up on some on your next grocery trip.

4. Picnic on the front lawn

An example of a picnic date.

While you can’t go far, you can always go to your lawn, if you have one. Some apartments, especially big complexes, don’t have a yard option, but if you do, try this. Find a big blanket,  make a few sandwiches, bring some sodas, juices, or wine to sip on and sit together and have a fun and simple at-home date.

5. car dates

If you don’t live with your significant other, this time may be a blessing or a curse because you may not be able to see them as often as you’d like. One idea for being apart right now is to meet up in an empty parking lot in your own cars and just sit together with the windows down without coming into contact. This allows you to spend time together in person but still stay safe at the same time. 

Although this may be an unprecedented time for everyone across the world, we can take advantage of the opportunity to stay at home to reconnect with those we may have lost time with, or we can miserably sit and complain about the tough times we are living. 

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