The pandemic has changed many things, including the way people interact with others. If you’re in a relationship, dating during COVID-19 may have some benefits. Not only is virtual dating from home cheaper, but you don’t need to get dressed up or drive anywhere. But just like working from home, dating from home comes with some challenges.
Reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19 while dating by following these tips:
- Become comfortable with on-line dating. Connect with dates online through social media, chat or video apps.
- Be mindful of your personal safety. Do not provide your home address or other personal information until you better know the person. The usual dating safety rules still apply.
- Don’t share personal photos or videos that you may regret sharing later.
- Schedule virtual dates and spend time together online or by phone. Try these ideas to make the date more meaningful: arrange to cook the same recipe; eat takeout that you ordered from the same restaurant; or watch the same movie.
- Having an in-person date increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you go this route, reduce your risk of illness by meeting outdoors and practising physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart. The usual dating safety rules apply, such as letting others know your plans and meeting in a safe place.
- If you continue or start a sexual relationship with someone outside of your household during COVID-19, you and your partner face an increased risk of spreading the virus. Instead, you should wait until provincial guidelines change to allow close contact with those outside of your household.
- If you’re considering having sex at this time:
- Remember if your partner has COVID-19, there’s a good chance you could get it too due to close contact
- Avoid having sex with a partner who is not feeling well.
- Use condoms and other forms of birth control to prevent HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections and unplanned pregnancy.
During COVID-19, some Health Unit programs and services, including Sexual Health Clinics, are not running. But you can still call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205 to speak to a Sexual Health Nurse with any questions or concerns. If needed, you can be directed to other care providers.