AD | With covid restrictions lifting, you might feel more finally comfortable going on a date with someone. In England, most of the restrictions have been lifted. But that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to go outside and meet who you want. Sadly, cases are still on the up and more and more people are getting pinged to isolate.
I believe we still need to be careful when we are out as I don’t want to get covid or give it to someone I care about. Although I am at low risk of getting seriously ill with it, it doesn’t mean that there are zero risks of that happening.
I’m a big fan of online dating, it’s how I met my partner and we’re now engaged and have a baby! So check out some local sites such or any of the popular apps and see if you can find your life partner!
So with that in mind, here are some tips for dating safely after the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.
Request a Zoom date
Most people have embraced video calls one way or another during the Covid19 pandemic. Whether you’ve Facetimed your Mum, used Microsoft Teams for work meetings or had a Friday night Zoom quiz with your mates, we’ve all used technology to stay in contact and have become more comfortable being in front of the camera.
There’s nothing wrong with requesting a first date over Zoom so you can see how you get on. Grab a drink and get to know each other, then if you like each other, go for a date in person.
This can reduce the risks you take when meeting up in person. You may come into contact with someone with covid on your way there (if you use public transport), during your date or even your date might be a risk.
Be upfront about your stance on masks
Find out if your date will be wearing a mask. You don’t have to legally wear a mask in England, but I am personally following the same guidelines as before. I will wear my mask indoors when moving about and if I am sitting down to eat or drink, I will remove it.
It’s worth letting know what your date’s thoughts are on masks as it may be a bit awkward if one of you has a mask and the other doesn’t. I would probably be put off if someone didn’t want to wear a mask and keep others safe. Yes, it is a personal choice for people to wear a mask or not, but I would prefer someone who was keen to do what they can to reduce the spread of the virus. Like that’s an attractive thing to me!
I hate wearing masks, but I hate people dying of covid even more.
Request they take a lateral flow test before meeting
It’s so easy (and free!) to order a pack of lateral flow tests. So insist both you and your date take one before meeting. I know they are not 100% accurate but it’s better than doing nothing!
Opt for outdoors where possible
We all know that being outdoors limits the risk of the spread, so it’s safer if you have a date outdoors. Here are some ideas:
- walk in a park
- drink in a beer garden
- visit an outdoor market
- have a picnic
- go on a hike
- go to a theme park
- visit a zoo
- play mini golf
Remember you’re not the only one feeling nervous
Going on a date is a nerve-wracking experience and after lockdown, you might feel a bit more nervous about it than normal. But it’s important to remember that you’re not the only one feeling nervous. Your date will also be scared of saying something stupid or making a bad first impression.
Be honest about what you are looking for
When I was dating, I was always scared to say that I was looking for a long term relationship. It was something that I was afraid to say, like it would give them the impression I wanted to get married and have babies immediately. So I would say something like ‘wanting a few dates with someone to see how it goes’.
Just be honest about it. If you are looking for someone to settle down with, then just say that. There’s no point in meeting someone who is on a different path to you. It will only lead to being disappointment!
Dates are scary and awkward. Try to relax and enjoy the date. Even if you don’t find the love of your life, you can still enjoy a drink with a nice company. I’ve been on a lot of dates and most of them were with people who were nice enough to chat and have a drink with, but there was nothing else between us.
Good luck finding your date, whether you use a local site or one that’s more national!