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Whether you’re taking a leave of absence, quarantining in the dorms, or studying remotely from home, the thought of downloading a dating app or finally asking out that “friend” you’ve been talking to on and off may have crossed your mind once or twice. For those of you who were bold enough to follow through, here are 5 COVID-safe date ideas you can use to achieve the love story of your dreams (or at least quell your need for human connection).

1. The Classic Skype Call

Whether you use Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, or Zoom (please don’t use zoom), a traditional video chat date on whatever platform you choose is probably the most common date option of 2020. It’s easy, efficient, and, most importantly, only requires you to put effort in your appearance from the waist up. 

2.  The Socially Distanced Picnic 

While this method does require a warmer climate and open space, sitting 6 feet apart from your date while eating your favorite food is the perfect way to start a relationship built on passion and tension. After all, distance makes the heart grow fonder, especially when your one true love is so close yet so far. 

3. The Romeo and Juliet

This one is a bit dramatic, but oh so fun. All it requires is a willing participant to go to the other person’s apartment or dorm and stand outside their window (preferably six feet away). This dating method is perfect for romantics and theater kids alike. 

4. The Netflix and Chill (Google Chrome edition) 

For those of you who prefer movies, downloading the chrome-extension House-Party is a perfect way to cuddle up with your laptop while video chatting your boo and watching your favorite film.

5. The Screaming into the Void while on the Phone Together

Because honestly, this shit is crazy and it can feel nice to have an existential crisis with someone you’re getting to know.   

Chloe is a Senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in race, law, and human rights at Yale University. When she is not writing for HerCampus, she can be found doing yoga, drinking tea, and napping...a lot.
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