A free dinner. “It’s just drinks.” Sex with no strings attached. Remember the carefree nature of casual dating before the COVID-19 pandemic?
Then the country went on lockdown in March, shuttering restaurants and bars and leaving singles without the typical spots to chat up new people or go on dates. Weighed down with worry about contracting a virus that has taken thousands of American lives, many daters swapped meeting in person for video chat and returned to phone calls to connect.