US(IA): Florists say Valentine’s Day will look different amid pandemic

February usually means flowers, especially two weeks into the month, but with people having to keep a distance from family and loved ones, eastern Iowa florists say they’re having a hard time filling that demand.

Halan Lerch is like many people. Getting ideas on what to buy their loved ones for Valentine’s Day.

“I just really love flowers and want to get some for my family,” she said.

However, this year, florists say the day of love is going to look a lot different during a pandemic.

“When Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday it’s not very busy,” says Al Pierson, owner of Pierson’s Flower Shop on the West part of Cedar Rapids. “People usually go away for the weekend, they go out to dinner, and they go on a weekend trip. That’s probably not going to happen much this year because you can’t travel. It’s not safe.

Pierson says on top of filling Valentine’s Day orders they’re also being stressed with filling orders for those who have died due to COVID-19.

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