How Are Denver Singles Dating During COVID-19? – 5280 | The Denver Magazine
Denver resident Sam Whitley, 29, met Chelsea, also 29, through a mutual friend in early March. The two hit it off “pretty well,” says Whitley, describing a 3.5-hour-long first date that involved dinner at a hole-in-the-wall taqueria, conversation at Sloan’s Lake, and a connection over shared religious beliefs.
“It was great,” says Whitley. “It was a really, really fun date.”
But after several more in-person dates—including a picnic of U.S. Thai takeout and sunset watching at Sloan’s Lake, a tacos and movie night at Whitley’s place, and a walk the next day—COVID-19 threw a wrench into their budding romance.
On Monday, March 23, the day Mayor Michael Hancock announced a stay-at-home order for Denver residents in response to the growing pandemic, Whitley says he and Chelsea came to a difficult conclusion: They needed to socially distance from each other.
But instead of letting that decision kibosh their courtship, the couple discovered alternative ways to connect.
Last Wednesday, Whitley dropped a package outside Chelsea’s house containing Thai food, mint chocolate chip ice cream, a bottle of Merlot, and a handwritten haiku; later that night, the two ate the ice cream together