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Social distancing imposed by COVID-19 has made dating more conversational.

Meeting ground: Mangharam at Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, popular dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid and TrulyMadly have advised users to adopt caution when meeting offline; some have even recommended social distancing. Singles-only dating platform Floh, with 12,000 paid customers in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and Pune, has for now called off the offline events it holds for single people (15-20 a month).

The rules of dating, too, are changing. One 18-year-old from Delhi says she and her partner now sanitise their lips before kissing one another on the cheek, and then sanitise the spot again to be safe. Deepti Ghosh, a 29-year-old freelance writer from Kolkata, says: We avoid bodily contact. Sanitisers are more important than condoms and conversation has overpowered physical attraction.

Many weddings are being cancelled or are seeing a makeovera leaner guest list, fewer ceremonies and greater emphasis on hygiene. Ashish Bohra, the 27-year-old co-founder of wedding planning firm Perfexion, postponed his own wedding scheduled in Bahrain on February 29-March 1. Over 350 guests and 100 artistes were due to attend the functions. Health is more important. We have rescheduled it to Goa next week, says Bohra. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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