Social distancing hurting your dating life? A local matchmaking service is here to help

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(WIVB) – Is social distancing affecting your dating life?

When the coronavirus started spreading, and the distance between everyone started growing, a couple of local matchmakers were forced to get creative.

“I always like to make lemonade with lemons… I’m like, ‘what can we do?'” Therese Forton-Barnes said.

Forton-Barnes started a matchmaking service, called Matchmaking 2 a Tee, about 2.5 years ago. Two years ago, Lisa Brydges jumped on board to help.

With COVID-19 fears, the co-owners are now helping Western New York singles book “online dates” through the Zoom app.

“We had some people cancel on us because they were thinking, ‘No I want to wait,'” Forton-Barnes said. “But now, people are coming back around like, ‘Oh wait a second, we don’t have to wait.’ There’s no waiting here. And actually we have a couple people in Florida, and we waiting for them to come back, to set them up on matches, so I reached out to them and said, ‘No waiting to come back, we can do it online.'”

Matchmaking 2 a Tee will set up the dates for both people and work with them beforehand to make sure the lighting is good, the computer is set up properly, and other important details for a digital date.

In the past week, they’ve set up three of these virtual dates.

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