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7 Tips for Dating Safely After Lockdown

AD | With covid restrictions lifting, you might feel more finally comfortable going on a date with someone. In England, most of the restrictions have…

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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!

Have fun

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!

If you’re looking for an outfit, check out these 6 first date outfit ideas! You can also check out my 5 date ideas for Leeds, dating ides for York and date ideas for North Yorkshire!

9 comments

  1. Gosh I can only imagine how difficult it must be for single people dating during a pandemic

    Candice x

  2. Love all these tips! I think that a first date on zoom can take the edge off and nervousness of it, mostly at this time. COmpletely agree in being upfront about masks and what you are after x

  3. Thank goodness I’m not interested in dating anymore! It all seems like too much effort as you certainly cannot be sure hw seriously other people are taking the precautions even if we are all essentially free to do whatever we want! Xo

  4. This is a very interesting article – I didn’t even think of what dating would be like at the moment. But safety should always come first! I think zoom dates would be good for first dates as it is less formal and might help to take the pressure off.

    Eve x

  5. I haven’t tried online dating before lol but I have heard so many great testimonials about online dating. I know a considerable amount of people who got married to a partner they met online. These are fab tips and I especially love the idea of a zoom meeting on the first date as it helps take all the nervousness away. Thank you for sharing.

  6. The one thing that I want to take from this time is virtual dates! It can be less stressful too. We should make having first dates virtual a norm so that people who would prefer it don’t feel awkward asking for it. Great post!

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