Dear Donna: April 10, 2020

Dear Donna,

How are people suppose to meet and date with "stay at home" and "social distancing" in effect?
What are your clients doing? Megan

Dear Megan,

A number of my clients already had their first meeting arranged when the "stay at home" order was put into place.
Some of them decided to wait a bit and see how things go with the virus before they meet and a few of them decided to meet.

One couple met at Garden of the Gods park and sat across from each other at one of the picnic tables and chatted for about an hour. A one hour meeting is what I recommend for the first meeting and then they both call me with their feedback on the meeting.
Another couple met at a dog park with their dogs.
Another couple met at a coffee kiosk, got coffee and walked around the neighborhood.

However, that was almost two weeks ago when people were unsure of exactly what they could or could not do.
At this point I find that most of my clients are adhering to the "stay at home" order.
I don't imagine meeting new people and dating is on the top of the priority list for most people right now.

My clients are definitely ready to make it a priority when they are able to meet again.
Love makes the world go 'round and the even the coronavirus can't stop that but it seems right now it has managed to put it temporarily on hold.

Dear Donna,

Because of the coronavirus my girlfriend has quarantined herself to the exclusion of everyone, including me.

My job is considered essential so I am still going to work and although I have offered to do whatever it takes for her to feel safe with me coming to visit her, she says I would have to keep six feet away from her.

We don't live together but we have been in a relationship for several years.
I know she loves me and I love her but I think this is ridiculous and no one knows how long this is going to last.
Should I be expected to wait indefinitely? Michael

Dear Michael,

I think you should give it some more time and be respectful of her request. It is not unreasonable, considering the circumstances.

Instead of being upset about it why don't you support her decision and find other ways to stay connected.
You probably already talk and text why not add Zoom?
You can be closer to her on Zoom than you will be sitting six feet away from her in her home.

Write her a letter, send her a card or flowers.
Be supportive and positive and if you love her and she loves you this will work itself out.