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Dating apps like Hinge are urging people to stay indoors for ‘digital dates’

Dating apps are encouraging users to go on ‘digital dates’ to ensure people stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Singletons who opened the Hinge application were prompted to ‘date from home’ as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the globe.

Australians are urged to stay at home and exercise social distancing by staying 1.5 metres away from other people as the number of confirmed infections jumped to 2,368 on Wednesday.  

Singletons who opened the Hinge application were prompted to 'date from home' (pictured)

Singletons who opened the Hinge application were prompted to ‘date from home’ (pictured)

‘There’s work from home, and now there’s date from home,’ the Hinge prompt says.

‘In fact, 70 per cent of Hinge members are down for a digital date.

‘So ask out on of your matches and set up a call, FaceTime, Zoom, or what makes you comfortable.

‘Let’s stay safe and keep connected.’

The New York-based dating service, which describes itself as the ‘dating app designed to be deleted’, then linked to the World Health Organisation’s safety guidelines. 

Tinder has also encouraged prospective couples to date online during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hinge suggested users could set up a call with their prospective partner on FaceTime or Zoom (stock image)

Hinge suggested users could set up a call with their prospective partner on FaceTime or Zoom (stock image)

Hinge have also tweeted updates about dating during the coronavirus pandemic

Hinge have also tweeted updates about dating during the coronavirus pandemic 

The New York-based dating app encouraged users to follow the recommendations from WHO

The New York-based dating app encouraged users to follow the recommendations from WHO 

The app issued safety guidance to users on March 2 by linking WHO’s advice. 

But the situation has since changed and CEO Elie Seidman on Tuesday told Tinder members to stay online for their dates. 

‘In most places around the world, it’s time to stay home,’ he said.

‘And adhering to the latest local recommendations is the responsible thing to do – for the health and safety of everyone.

‘And while each day presents new challenges, we are inspired by the number of people who are turning to Tinder to connect.

‘It’s promising to see that, though we’re distancing ourselves to prevent the spread of the virus, we are not disconnecting.’

Tinder has also encouraged prospective couples to date online during the COVID-19 outbreak (stock image)

Tinder has also encouraged prospective couples to date online during the COVID-19 outbreak (stock image)

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on Tuesday told their members to date online

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on Tuesday told their members to date online

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,431

New South Wales: 1029

Victoria: 466

Queensland: 443

Western Australia: 205

South Australia: 197

Australian Capital Territory: 44

Tasmania: 42 

Northern Territory: 5

TOTAL CASES:  2,431

DEAD: 8

Tinder is also working to remove the geographic barriers on the app so that users can match and chat with someone new, no matter where they are, during the coronavirus crisis.   

‘These are challenging times. And while it is not a moment to be meeting matches in person, we recognise that Tinder – a platform that is about connection – can play an important role as people navigate the uncertainty that COVID-19 has introduced into our everyday lives,’ Mr Seidman said.

‘A new connection can make a world of difference, and having a conversation with someone, no matter where they are, helps us feel a little less alone.’ 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with the National Cabinet on Tuesday to discuss further restrictions to combat the outbreak.

Australians are urged to stay at home and exercise social distancing by staying 1.5 metres away from other people as the number of confirmed infections jumped to 2,368 on Wednesday

Australians are urged to stay at home and exercise social distancing by staying 1.5 metres away from other people as the number of confirmed infections jumped to 2,368 on Wednesday

Mr Morrison that night announced a raft of new measures – including limiting the number of people at weddings and funerals, closing food courts at shopping centres and shutting beauty salons – but stopped short of a complete shutdown. 

On Wednesday, the prime minister said elective surgery will be suspended to free up beds to fight coronavirus, while unveiling a new COVID-19 commission.

A woman in her 70s on Tuesday became the seventh person in NSW to die from the virus. 

She was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which docked in Sydney’s Circular Quay on Thursday.

The Australian COVID-19 death toll is at eight. 

Tinder has also shared tweets and memes about dating online during the pandemic

Tinder has also shared tweets and memes about dating online during the pandemic

‘STAGE TWO’ RESTRICTIONS

The government is looking to limit interactions between groups, particularly any event or gathering with 10 or more people.

The new restrictions, from 11.59pm on March 25, mean:   

BUSINESS

* Food courts in shopping centres will only be available for takeaway food. No sitting.

* Auction houses will shut. Auctions and open house inspections are banned.

* Outdoor and indoor markets are banned while rules around major food markets will be addressed by states and territories.

* Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours (but not physiotherapy) are banned.

* Hairdressers and barbers can continue but must strictly manage social distancing and restrict the amount of time a patron can be in the premises to no more than 30 minutes.

* Amusement parks and arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centres must close.

* Boot camps and personal training must be limited to 10 people and enforce social distancing.

* Social sports such as large groups of people playing soccer in a park are banned.

* Galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSLs and swimming pools must close.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

* Weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple the celebrant and two witnesses, no more than five people.

* Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people.

SCHOOLS

* It is safe to send children to school up to the end of the term.

* But some pupil-free days will be needed to plan distance learning.

* Schools will reopen after the term break with a mix of distance learning and in-school learning for all “essential workers”.

* PM to meet with teachers and other sector representatives about keeping schools open and protecting staff.

ESSENTIAL WORKERS

* Everyone who still has a job is an essential worker.

TRAVEL

* The official “do no travel” warning is now an outright ban on overseas travel, with some exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate travel.

EXPORTS

* New offence of profiteering and seeking to export goods overseas, relating to such things as medical supplies and masks.

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