SUNDAY FEATURE: Is Valentine’s Day Canceled?

Credit: Ashleigh Corrin

This year, even those who usually go all out on Feb. 14 are reconsidering.

By Abby Ellin | The New York Times

Even if he had a partner, Ryan Bailey wouldn’t be spending Valentine’s Day whipping up an elaborate five-course meal or scattering rose petals over a box of marzipan. Nor would he be whisking his beloved out for a dreamy candlelit dinner.

First of all, Mr. Bailey can’t cook. And he lives in Los Angeles, where the Covid-19 situation seems to change daily. As of this writing, outdoor restaurants are open. But who knows what it will look like on Feb. 14?

“I hate to politicize Valentine’s Day, but we’re still in a pandemic and Fauci said we’re not supposed to be touching people,” said Mr. Bailey, 39, an acting teacher and host of the “So Bad It’s Good” podcast.

The way he sees it, the last thing the world needs right now is a mass-market holiday that pressures people to spend money they don’t have on pink-and-red objects they don’t need.

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