Here’s how to make your ‘Hearts’ Day’ celebration safe, according to the DOE

Published February 14, 2021, 1:47 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The Department of Energy (DOE) shared on Sunday, Feb. 14 several tips on how to practice a “safe” Valentine’s day celebration. And no, “using a condom” isn’t one of them.

Vendors hold heart shaped balloons along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City on Valentines Day (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Instead, the tips mainly focused on tapping technology to link up with your lucky Valentine and in the process avoid contracting the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Let’s spread the love, not the virus,” the DOE said in a Facebook post.

The agency’s pro-social distancing “Hearts’ Day” celebration tips include setting a virtual date; opting for online food delivery services; sending virtual hugs and kisses via SMS, Viber, and other messaging apps; and holding a virtual wine tasting with friends.

Although the agency told lovebirds to “refrain from going to crowded places” and encouraged them to just “stay at home as much as possible,” it still recognized the people’s urge to book fancy dinners during the special occasion.

As such, the DOE recommended celebrators to “organize an al fresco dinner date” so as to ensure proper ventilation in the area.

Perhaps the best and quirkiest tip from DOE is for couples to “dress up even if you’re dining at home.” After all, cool outfit of the day posts never hurt anybody, even during the pandemic.