The dating agencies are beginning to return to service, while celibacy has been painful for more than one during confinement.
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“People alone have suffered a lot. Our subscribers were very excited to return. I did not feel nervous. We also had new registrations, “said Murielle Poitras, owner of the Accord agency, who observes that both men and women have suffered from the pandemic and that many of them are calling on it.
The middleman went back a few weeks ago to organize his weekly lunch meetings in a restaurant in Laval. She even had to advise a few clients again for dating in person. Obviously, these activities are somewhat affected by social distancing.
“Since my clientele is over 35, I would say that everyone respects distancing. If I worked with young people, it would undoubtedly be different ”, slipped Ms. Poitras, recognizing however that the context is not really conducive to rapprochements.
In the last brunches, she also observed that singles had a hard time talking about other things about COVID-19, a generic subject that does not allow much to know the personality of its pretender.
In 27 years of career, Murielle Poitras admits a little overwhelmed by the crisis, especially that the coronavirus made her lose spring, usually the most lucrative period of the year for her agency.
But whatever, Ms. Poitras knows that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. After all, she still survived the advent of the internet.
“When the dating sites arrived, I had a low point, but my number of customers does not change from year to year. Often, people who come to see us have already gone through dating sites and applications. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, but it lacks human contact, “added the one who no longer fears Tinder and Badoo in this world today.
Jacqueline Côté, who has an agency for seniors, does not share this enthusiasm when she thinks about things. A large part of its clientele is still afraid of the virus and is not yet ready to start their search again to find a soul mate.
“Many of my clients live in CHSLDs and they don’t want to come back until it becomes normal again. It starts again, but very soft, “said Ms. Côté, who now organizes the first meetings by phone, requires pandemic.
She says that she is not yet able to start the hot dog dinners at her home in Repentigny. The traditional corn roast is also pending, a question that breaks his heart.
“There is a great deal of loneliness among seniors. People just call me to talk. You should know that there are elderly people who don’t talk to anyone about their day, ”laments the one who has been playing the Cupid for ten years.