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Are you comfortable dating in person right now?

As the UK slowly eases out of lockdown, the rules finally allow for us to meet family and friends with social distancing rules in place.

It also means dating in-person is possible again for the first time in months – but many are still reluctant to do it.

There are still risks attached to meeting in a bar or restaurant and though you may feel confident you haven’t been exposed to coronavirus, (without a test) there’s no way of knowing with certainty that you or your potential love interest are free of the virus.

Social distancing rules also make navigating the early stages of a relationship difficult – establishing intimacy is a challenge when you’re also trying to stay two metres apart.

But though there are risks, there are also rewards. For single-person households, the extended lockdown has been a lonely and isolating time, and it’s a joy to be able to connect with friends and family again and enjoy meeting new potential love interests.

How do you feel? Are you comfortable dating in person again, or are you sticking to phone, text and video dates for now? Share your views in the comments below

Are you comfortable dating in person right now?

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Retiredyorkie
20th Sep 2020
1
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I though gone were the days when people met on a date I was under the impression that it was all on line dating ?
Catton
19th Sep 2020
0
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No thanks. Why would I want to meet a 'stranger' in these covid times.
i can't even hug my son.
ChrisD45
15th Sep 2020
0
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I think as we get older we can be more understanding of the world around us and we can be aware of the risks and are more careful with what we do and who we do it with, and we will respect the rules better than the younger generations we are not likely to gather in large groups without social distancing and we won't be jumping into bed for sex at the first opportunity. When we are older time is pressious but we can still take things slowly and get to know more about the other person better first.
swaneldo
11th Sep 2020
4
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No good asking me - I can't even commit to a box set!
Wilf
11th Sep 2020
1
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Brilliant comment-made me laugh!
Wilf
10th Sep 2020
1
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I think it would be much easier dating now than in the 70s with all the dating apps. Imagine if the virus had struck in the 60s/70s with no technology-it would have been meltdown.
Valleyman
11th Sep 2020
1
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Very good point Wilf!
Wilf
11th Sep 2020
2
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Thanks Valleyman-In the 70s it was a nightmare! Down the local discos-smoking Marlboro and thinking I was looking cool but was a total fool! Same... girls not interested in a stick insect like me with a brain the size of an ant. Nowadays both sides can look at all the dating sites-see the person and make a judgment-so much easier and especially if you are our age as many of our friends who are divorced have said!
Valleyman
12th Sep 2020
1
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Yes agreed Wilf, I remember the discos and bars of the 70’s as the scene of many humiliations and disappointments. A belly full of beer, lungs full of smoke, trying to shout something into some “lucky” girl’s ear. And if she agreed to a snog out the back by the bins, you soon found out the pair of you had absolutely nothing in common. Okay, to be fair, I’m sure many people found love at the time.
After my two divorces, (the triumph of hope over experience), I met my current partner online. We had plenty of time to get to know each other before we even tousled each other’s hair, and it has been, and still is, a wonderful relationship.
Wilf
13th Sep 2020
0
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You have absolutely captured the 70s dating scene there Valleyman-and yes I think it is probably much better and easier nowadays to find a perfect partner via match and dating sites-you have proved it!
Valleyman
10th Sep 2020
2
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I feel an immense sympathy for the youth of today. In intimate situations young men are advised to ask for permission every 45 seconds. Not a joke. Marriage, if unsuccessful, can be financially disastrous. Blokes like computer gaming, sport, cars, etc. When the technology for artificial sex is fully developed I'm pretty sure they will look no further. Young women often want children, but it may be courtesy of the sperm bank. I was a young man in the seventies. We didn't know how good we had it!
Lionel
9th Sep 2020
4
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If I was in the dating market now would be a good time to give up and admit failure while I still have my health, money, and sanity. There are just too many risks involved today, COVID 19 being just one.
Ruthie2001
19th Sep 2020
1
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I totally agree Lionel!!
Bald123
9th Sep 2020
4
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I would not date at my age hopefully! but if I did I would rather do it on Zoom or something like that. It would be easier and less embarrassing.

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