Being single during a pandemic can have its perks: no need to share your homemade banana bread, no fights over what to watch on Netflix and no makeshift lockdown haircut from your other half, to name a few.
But alas, even free reign over the remote can lose its appeal after a while. A record number of singles have been searching for relationships this year (it even has a name: corona-cuffing). Perhaps you’ve been conducting Zoom dates throughout lockdown (though flirting isn’t quite the same through a laptop, with your ironing pile in the background). Perhaps you’ve been messaging a few likely contenders on dating apps, happily putting off the moment when you might have to go on an actual date. Or perhaps – drumroll, please – you’re ready to get out there for real.
But how to date in a world where your mask hides your sultry smile, the faint whiff of Dettol is more attractive than your signature scent, and social distancing is more important than, well, being social? Never fear: we’re here to help, with our step-by-step guide to dating in a time of Covid.