Singles get creative to find love during COVID crisis
GRETNA, La. (WDSU) – Coronavirus precautions are meant to keep people healthy, but it makes being social a real challenge, especially for singles.
In the New Orleans area, people said it’s difficult to find chemistry and compatibility in the age of COVID-19. Some are getting creative to connect.
Tabby, the dating app for cat people, just launched Sunday. The Gretna-based business had thousands on a waiting list to download it.
“Having a dedicated space where cat people can go as crazy as they want and find each other is what we made Tabby for,” said the company’s founder Leigh D’Angelo, who also created DIG, a dating app for dog people.
She said it’s the perfect time to build a relationship – as long as singles put safety first.
“We are doing everything we can during this crazy time, but it totally depends on our users to make sure that they’re being safe as they’re talking to each other,” D’Angelo said. “They’re having the conversations for their area on what is safe right now during COVID.”
Match maker Ann Parnes who founded Match Made in NOLA said singles in the metro are luckier than most. She said singles are meeting for walks in City Park, kayaking in Bayou St. John and having sunrise mimosas on the levee. Parnes said love will outlast coronavirus as people feel the need to connect again.
“I’m 100% certain that it’s going to happen,” Parnes said. “It’s what we’re programmed to do and as long as people want that connection, they’re going to find it.”
By: Jennifer Crockett