What It’s Like to Date and Dine Out in Phoenix During COVID-19 – Phoenix New Times

What It’s Like to Date and Dine Out in Phoenix During COVID-19 – Phoenix New Times

Take out, dine-in, or fire up Zoom? It’s a question young singles are grappling with as they navigate a tricky dating scene amid the coronavirus pandemic in metro Phoenix.

Some looking for love during COVID-19 use apps like Bumble and Hinge, then screen dates through video chats prior to linking up in person.

“Have a FaceTime date before meeting in real life. That way, you can screen if you even have any kind of connection, if you’re interested whatsoever if you’re attracted to each other,” says Sydney Levin, 28. “And that way, if you’re not, you’re not wasting your time going out into the world and dealing with an hour of someone you don’t really like.”

When Levin finds a strong connection, she says she is willing to meet her dates at outdoor locations for a hike or at restaurants and bars following safety protocols.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says restaurants may operate at 50 percent occupancy with mandates, which includes the prohibition of parlor games. So, sorry, people who typically use that old, “Let me lean over your shoulder and show you how to make this bank shot at this pool table,” move.

Tim Treguboff, 32, wasn’t actively dating when he began seeing someone in May, who he met prior to the pandemic. In addition to cooking and going on walks together, they select restaurants based on outdoor
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