I don’t know how you guys out there experience dating during the Coronavirus outbreak. But I really hesitate to set a date. Although living in Mexico I am not on a lock-down (yet) social distancing is implemented. And is there any fun in dating when you have to keep a 1.5 meters distance from your date?
The Coronavirus outbreak and the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico
I date, well at least I am on dating apps and talking to several men. And I live in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. At the moment this state, despite its huge amount of tourist that have passed through, is doing very well when it comes to outbreak numbers. And very well means no high numbers. When I write this article there are only 12 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the entire state. And the number of suspected cases lowered yesterday, due to test results being negative.
As of today all parks and party venues shut down and social distancing is a must.
Schools already closed for the duration of 4 weeks just before Easter break started. Only a few tourists remain and hotels are shutting down. Business is slow, as my landlord says, and cancellations are in order due to worldwide travel bans.
All that is good news, the state seems to be in control, but it is no reason to become careless. I have to obey the rules and live by the regulations this government has set for the weeks to come.
And so do you. When you want to go on a date, make sure you know the latest rules and regulations on social distance, meeting people and greeting people and being outside your house, which are imposed for your area.
Dating in the time of COVID-19
When you are in a long-distance relationship, you might actually have more time for each other now, when you both live in a country where there is a “stay-at-home”-advice. For those dating through dating apps, I see a rise in attention. But I am also aware that this is due to boredom and escape from reality.
Datin in Mexico, for example, I have a lot of unemployed guys looking for opportunities. They even misuse the Coronavirus to make a pity call and sad story in the hope I will lend them money or even take them in as a lover. I am sure this happens in other countries as well, so you have to pick your contacts wisely when you are on the dating floor looking for something serious.
I love the way dating has to slow down over these rules imposed on us. I feel the world of dating became so fast that it was hard to make well-considered decisions. Most people, based on physical attraction moved forward with the speed of lightning or wanted to. And it sometimes caught me by surprise when I met a guy a had great conversations with in the chat but all he really wanted was just sex.
So I love the social distancing thing. No guy being all over you, just old fashioned courtship. Guys have to keep their distance in more than 1 way. I am all for that!
It will save me from some disillusions. That is for sure.
So how to handle it when you met someone you like?
Since in a lot of countries a real-life date is not an option now, you have to stick to chat, and video chat.
And you have to be creative.
You find the creative and fun dating tips on the next page
Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites
Currently, she lives in Mexico.
She is an emigration coach and works online.