BY MADDIE ELLIS
AUGUST 07, 2020 11:14 AM
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A first date might go something like this: you meet up around 7 p.m., enjoy dinner at a crowded restaurant (the newest hot spot, if you can get a reservation), then catch a late movie at a packed theater, hold hands walking back to the car, and if it goes really well, a kiss good night.
Pre-COVID-19, that is.
But during the coronavirus pandemic, dating means the addition of masks and six feet of distance. Movie theaters are closed and restaurants have limited capacity.
So, how have people found love in the time of the coronavirus?
CharlotteFive talked with Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, a gynecologist with Novant Health in Charlotte, about the importance of making time for romance — safely — especially during a pandemic.
Kelly-Jones leads community events called Sex and Sensibility, using frank language to talk about sex without judgment. These talks are being held virtually each month through Novant Health.
As people have come to her, asking about the possibility of dating during COVID-19, her advice has changed in the past few months, she said. With asymptomatic carriers and the nature of testing as only capturing a moment in time — there are many factors to consider when meeting new people.
“It’s really difficult to date during this time. You have to do social distancing, you have to wear masks,” she said.
Kelly-Jones’ experience is in removing sexual shame and promoting sexual health. At TEDx Charlotte in 2017, Kelly Jones gave a presentation entitled “Shed Sexual Shame (and Your Clothes Along the Way)”.