Is It Safe to Send Mom Flowers for Mother’s Day During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

May 6, 2020
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Mother’s Day is going to look a bit different this year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders, you won’t be able to treat mom to the usual fancy brunch or dinner or plan a big outdoor celebration with the whole family.

However, there are still ways to celebrate mom and ensure she feels especially loved this Sunday including handmade crafts and online meetings.

Flowers are also a popular Mother’s Day gift, but is it safe to send mom flowers during the pandemic?

Brian Labus, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ School of Public Health told Huffpost that “sending your mom flowers has no more risk than if you send her gifts from an online retailer or have a nice meal from a restaurant delivered.”

If you do plan on ordering flowers, there are a few precautions you should take:

Contactless Delivery

Labus informed that the risk comes from contact with the delivery person and not the object itself. By choosing contactless delivery, you eliminate the risk of spreading the virus.

When you place your order, be sure to note that you’d like the flowers left outside of your mom's door. If your delivering the flowers yourself, drop them off on her doorstep and say 'hi' from 6-feet away.

Order From a Trusted Florist

Labus also suggested using a local florist. Not only will you be helping their small business, but it allows you to customize your experience and “easily discuss their delivery options and ensure that the flowers can be left outside the door without a signature.”

If you’re going to use a new florist, be sure to check reviews online and call ahead to find out what precautions they’re taking to limit the spread of infection.

Wash Your Hands

Remind mom to wash her hands after she picks up the flowers and puts them in a vase. If the flowers are being delivered in a vase, have her wipe it down with disinfecting wipes.

It’s Okay to Skip the Flowers

These are unprecedented times, and your mom will understand if you don’t get her flowers.

“I understand the value of expressions, but love goes beyond that. If the mothers in your life are older, ill or isolating for some reason, avoiding flower delivery is OK,” agdish Khubchandani, an associate chair and professor of health science at Ball State University told the publication.

If you still want to do something for mom, you can support a small business by ordering food or buying a gift card mom can use at a later time. You can even donate to a charity in her name.

Social Distancing is Key

Celebrations should still practice social distancing and happen online unless you and your mom live in the same home.

“While taking mom a meal and spending the day with her or taking the grandkids over to see her might seem like a nice alternative, that is one of the things that we should still avoid until the outbreak is over, especially if your mom is older or is at high risk for serious complications from coronavirus,” Labus emphasized.

A simple virtual "I love you" will go a long way and keep everyone safe!

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