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Social distancing will change the way couples meet up for the first time

Social distancing will change the way couples meet up for the first time

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Nicole Quigley has learned to embrace video calls for dating

Nicole Quigley has learned to embrace video calls for dating

Virtual dating has been a break from ‘real life’ for 18% of single people

Virtual dating has been a break from ‘real life’ for 18% of single people

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Social distancing will change the way couples meet up for the first time

Parks, picnics, bicycle rides and walks are the new normal for a first date, rather than the traditional bar or restaurant meet-ups.

It is a Saturday night in September and you are in your favourite bar with a gin sling in your gloved hand. Sitting across the table — and at a safe distance — a man you have been video calling for weeks is removing a face mask to sip his Martini.

Welcome to the wonderful new world of dating in post-Covid Northern Ireland. Back in March when we were all placed in lockdown many aspects of life radically changed, almost overnight.