How to date during the coronavirus pandemic – Washington Post
The first time we touched, it was an accident. We were on our fourth date — a masked walk through Georgetown — keeping as much distance as possible on narrow city sidewalks.
“I’m sorry,” he said, apologizing for inadvertently brushing his hand against mine. “In normal times, I would have grabbed your hand on purpose.”
We laughed as we remarked at how strange it was to date in 2020. Once a week we’d talk over Skype even though we lived only a few blocks from each other. On the weekends, we’d go for long, masked walks. Oddly, I found myself feeling closer to him over Skype than in person: Over a screen I could see his whole face and neither of us were anxious about accidentally getting too close.
After a month of dating, we did hold hands (and do other things!) on purpose. This is what it’s like to date amid the spread of a deadly virus: Singles are spending several weeks to months getting to know someone over the phone, video chat or socially distant dates before the masks come off. Taking that step often involves detailed discussions about whom you’re seeing regularly — be it family, friends, roommates or other dates — to help determine the right time to share a hug or first kiss. And there are no clear rules on when it’s safe to progress. Everyone is making it up as they go along.
It’s a big change from