Are you still using dating apps, even with a global pandemic going on? If so, Newfoundland & Labrador’s health minister as a message for you. John Haggie is taking the internet by storm after he told people to be careful when using Tinder and Grindr. He’s also had more meme-able moments during the daily COVID-19 press conferences.
Sometimes you need a government official to warn people about dating apps to really put everything in perspective.
While speaking at a press conference, Haggie brought up technology and how people are choosing to use it to keep in touch while still maintaining a physical distance between themselves and others.
“Whilst we have stressed technology for keeping socially connected, again, there are challenges with the use of that,” he said.
The health and community services minister mentioned that he had been asked to bring up the issue of dating apps.
After citing an uptick in usage, he had a warning for people who are still going on those kinds of apps.
“If you use Tinder or Grindr and you swipe right, you might get more than you bargained for,” Haggie said.
He went on the ask people to be careful when using dating apps or meeting new people during COVID-19.
If you’ve been keeping up with the daily press conferences from Newfoundland & Labrador’s officials, then Haggie’s bluntness, meme-able quotes and sass is no surprise.
But it’s still funny.
For those just discovering Haggie, he’s said some pretty hilarious things in previous press conferences, like asking people to not let their kids lick shopping carts.
He also schools people on how to behave during COVID-19.
Haggie ended up getting that cross-stitch of his quote about not letting kids lick the handles of shopping carts.
He’s also got a little bit of a fan club going on Twitter.
One person said, “every day I look forward to 2:30PM to listen to the shade John Haggie is gonna throw about how stupid Newfoundlanders are taking this isolation.”
Another even asked Jimmy Kimmel to comment on Haggie’s Tinder and Grindr statement.
Newfoundland & Labrador has strict rules in place when it comes to COVID-19, including mandatory self-isolation for people who arrive in the province, even if they come from other parts of Canada.
One woman was even arrested twice in one week for refusing to self-isolate after coming back from a trip outside of the country.