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No kissing, but singles are out looking for love despite coronavirus pandemic | News


When a Saturday night singles party puts up a “No Kissing” sign, those looking for love in the time of the coronavirus might be in trouble. Yet Britain’s dating agencies are finding that social distancing and self-isolation have not yet put paid to dreams of romance.

“Our UK business is up 20% over the past two weeks,” said Gillian McCallum, chief executive of Drawing Down the Moon, an agency specialising in “bespoke matchmaking”. The Association of British Introduction Agencies added: “Any time there’s a calamity, people start thinking about the fact they are single and don’t want to be.”

The threatened lockdown appears to have prompted a last-minute rush to romance, with anxious singles eager “to do their introductions now”, added McCallum. Organisers of so-called