For the Asking, Quarantine-Approved Dates – The New York Times

For the Asking, Quarantine-Approved Dates – The New York Times

Two weeks ago, Ellie Reed, 19, of Oxfordshire, England, drove about 10 miles to the home of her boyfriend, Jordan Cadman, where their Domino’s Pizza delivery would soon arrive — a pepperoni and sweet corn pie for her, and a Texas BBQ pie for him. Then, in separate cars, the couple drove another five miles to a canal, parked about six feet from one another, rolled down their windows and ate together, yet apart.

In one week, the couple had gone from hanging out every day for the last two years to physically distancing themselves for the unforeseeable future because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Cadman, a 20-year-old risk assessment assistant manager, has asthma, which might put him at a higher risk of having more severe symptoms or complications of Covid-19 if infected.

“It was hard not to give him a hug,” said Ms. Reed, a student at Oxford Brookes University. “But I know it’s a matter of possibly keeping him alive.”

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing
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