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As restrictions continue to ease you may find yourself with an increase of date offers. Great, right? It’s always good to have that kind of attention. Naturally, anxieties around seeing someone in that capacity will be hightened. There is no shame in admitting this. You deserve to feel happy, comfortable and safe on any date that you’re on. Along with this, the person you’re dating does too. Below I share things you can put in place to feel safer as you venture back out into the dating world.
How To Feel Comfortable Dating As Restrictions Ease
Double Check Local Restrictions Before You Go
If you’re worried about turning up somewhere and the restrictions aren’t quite what you were expecting, you should look them up before you go. It’s become hard to keep up with everything as the rules seem to change so frequently, so put your mind at ease by looking it up either way. This can also help you plan the date in advance by finding somewhere you can be close and have a good time.
Bring Your Own Hand Sanitiser
With more people out and about at the moment, publically available hand sanitisers are not only used by more people, but are running out faster. If you want to be safe whilst on the go it’s good practice to take your own hand sanitiser with you. This way you know you like it (the smell and consistency) and there is no risk of none being available in any public place you go.
Be Clear With What You’re Comfortable With
When you’re on a Bristol dating site it’s important that you set out the ground rules. Let them know how comfortable you are with current restrictions as you’re organising the date so there is no confusion as you turn up. Are you comfortable hugging? Holding hands? Or are you at the “elbow bumbp” stage where you aren’t comfortable touching. It can still be a great date if you keep a 2 meter distance, but to save any uncomfortable situations be clear with what you’re comfortable doing.
Don’t Agree To Do Anything You Aren’t Ready For
Don’t force yourself to go to a restaurant or bar if you aren’t ready. it can be a lot of pressure to go somewhere busy after not being able to for a long time. Make sure that you’re both on the same page about this as well, ask your date what they want and are comfortable with too. When Bristol dating it might be easier to do something like a zoo or outdoor activitiy first before going to a bar or eatery.
Ask Them If They’re Vaccinated
For your own peace of mind, ask them if they’re vaccinated. If they aren’t and you would prefer to wait until they are, be honest about it. The same goes for you, if you aren’t fully vaccinated against the virus yet let them know and see if they are still comfortable pursuing an in-person date at this time. Most people feel more comfortable after their first vaccine, but you never know.
Ask Them To Do A Lateral Flow Test
Now that we can all do COVID tests from home, there is no excuse. If there is the option to be regularly checking we are free from it we should be, especially if we’re planning to see people. These are free to get and tell you within 30 minutes if you’ve tested negative or positive. If you want to feel truly safe, ask them if they’re willing to take one before meeting you. If they really like you it will be no problem.
Don’t Be Afraid To Wait For Restrictions To Ease Further
If you find that you just aren’t ready, say that. Don’t be scared to turn down a date. If they truly want to meet you, they will be willing to wait. It appears that we’re on the other side now and restrictions will continue easing. This means that you probably won’t have to wait very long to reschedule. Or it may be a case of compromising and seeing each other outside first.