Dating during a global pandemic is likely not on the top list of anyone’s priorities at the moment and in the last week, it has become glaringly obvious that COVID-19 has consumed the minds of both the fragile and the unimpressionable.
However, even in the midst of a global outbreak and the domino effect of national lockdowns slowly trickling across each nation, it is not impossible to continue maintaining social relationships.
Nor is it impossible to test whether or not that spark you thought existed between you and your right-swipe was in fact an indicator that there are decent singletons out there – all it takes is a bit of creativity and an open mind.
Without further ado, here are some fun coronadate ideas to try while you’re in quarantine 🙂
1. Never Have I Corona’d
Playing ‘Never Have I Ever’ over Skype while drinking a Corona is a sure way to stick the middle finger up to this deadly virus. Okay, maybe not entirely. But it is a fun way to take the tension off while getting to know your coronadate under such unusual circumstances.
2. Connect ‘Quar’
Connect Four online is always more enjoyable when you’re playing (or winning) against someone who is in the running of being future bae. It will give you both a sense of one another’s competitive streak to determine whether playing Monopoly is something that will have to be banned in the future.
3. Netflix & Sync
Thanks to the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome, daters can still have movie date night by getting together virtually and connecting through mutual interests in TV and film at the same time. The best part about this extension is it comes with a chat room so you can live text to your heart’s content!
Another fun date idea for movie lovers is heading to an outdoor cinema night organised by The Big Drive Inn. The Big Drive Inn are currently running a series of films for people to watch in the comfort of their own cars. They have some guidelines put in place about vehicle separation, but it doesn’t mean you can’t roll down your window to throw your date a packet of Haribo! More details about this outdoor cinema on Eventbrite.
4. Virtual Sweat Sesh (Get your mind out of the gutter, thanks)
Just because the gyms are closed, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo breaking a sweat. Doing home workout videos while sharing your screen on Skype is a good way to keep each other fit while improving your downward dog pose. Also, it’s only a matter of time before anything doggy will come in handy again (permission to have your mind in the gutter granted).
5. ‘Cor’ With Friends
This is of course called ‘Words With Friends’ which is a crossword-puzzle app available on both Android and iOS. The game is similar to Scrabble and it allows players to add their friends (or dates) to compete against each other. Serious #Wordgasms with this game!
Overall, there are plenty of multiplayer apps and online games available to download if you just look hard enough – and if that tickles your fancy. But if you’re really serious about using your ‘quar’ time to build a connection, then just send out an ‘I can’t wait to see you’ care pack of toilet paper, that’ll get serious brownie points! 🙂
So there you have it, some lighthearted coronadate ideas that can hopefully help quell any uncertainty you might be feeling during this incredibly trying time. Just remember that self-isolating physically doesn’t have to mean self-isolating emotionally. Relationships don’t have to get cancelled.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send them my way @FilomenaKaguako 🙂
- 10000Dating. I’ve never really been a fan of the term. Not only do I think it’s very American, but the word itself makes me incredibly awkward. Whenever I hear the word date, I automatically picture two strangers sitting in close proximity to one another in an often controlled environment: uncomfortable body…