Love and dating during a pandemic – Montclair Local

Love and dating during a pandemic – Montclair Local

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The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new interest in online dating and dating apps, with in-person dating now significantly restricted.

By ERIN ROLL
roll@montclairlocal.news

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of life, and dating and relationships are no exception.

With nights at the movies, dinner at a restaurant, or even a meet-up at a coffee shop out of the question due to social distancing, singles and couples are having to find new ways to begin or continue a relationship.

Some people might have wine while chatting over Zoom. Others might go for walks in the park, while maintaining a six-foot distance from each other.

After being in isolation for some time, says Rachel Russo, people are feeling a strong urge for connection. They may be bored, or lonely. “They’re alone with their feelings, which is not always a good thing,” Russo said.

Russo has been a dating coach and matchmaker for 15 years. She runs Matched in Montclair, a match-making service that pairs up local singles. She is also a marriage and family counselor.

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COURTESY RACHEL RUSSO Rachel Russo.

Not surprisingly, people are feeling a lot of fear, confusion, and
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