Canada’s top doctor has dished out some COVID-19 dating advice. Dr. Theresa Tam is urging Canadians to be especially picky about who they let into their social bubble in the near future, and to take things “slowly” when it comes to dating. The “wisest thing to do,” she said, is to date in smaller numbers wherever possible.\nOn July 3, during a COVID-19 press conference, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer was put on the spot when she was asked about safely dating and having sex during the pandemic.\nAdmitting she’d never been asked a question about safe sex during a pandemic, Dr. Theresa Tam added, "I'm not a dating expert …”\nHowever, the doctor went on to share some words of wisdom for Canadians that are looking to get back on the dating scene in the near future.\n"Like anything to do with social interactions in the sort of COVID-era, I think doing everything to reduce your risk is the key," Tam said.\nTo be “sensible,” she advised starting with virtual dates, as opposed to meeting up in public spaces and having close interactions.\nIf you do head out on a date, Tam suggests meeting at an outdoor location. A picnic in the park, for example.\nI can't stop laughing. Stop what you're doing and watch this clip.Dr. Tam is giving Canadians "the talk" after being asked how single Canadians can, ahem, have a certain kind of non-physically distanced contact amid COVID-19. #COVID19Here's our story: https://t.co/ylfQE3bNcs pic.twitter.com/fvWtW1thQR— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) July 3, 2020\nDaters should also continue to follow standard public health advice, such as not touching your face, regularly cleaning your hands and keeping at least 2 metres apart.\nIf you do choose to meet up with somebody, keep the kissing to a minimum!\n"Everyone knows COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets, so if you were, you know, kissing someone of course this is a potential route of transmission," Tam said.\nShe advised Canadians to take each encounter very seriously, noting that each meet-up is entering into a "serious social contract."\nShe noted that if you can’t just have one sexual or romantic partner, it’s important to keep your bubble as small as possible. "Singular dating or smaller numbers is probably the wisest thing to do," Tam said.\nMost importantly, Tam said, is to steer clear of the dating scene if you’re feeling unwell.\n"Don't date if you're sick," she stated.\nDr. Tam being asked about sex and dating in the COVID-19 era was unexpected. She declared she wasn't a dating expert but did say dating in large numbers is not a wise thing. #Wisdom— jfoord (@jfoord) July 3, 2020\nShe also advised those who have underlying conditions, or those who have family members that are high-risk, to think carefully about the risks they could be taking by meeting up with strangers.\nLike reopening social and economic activities, Dr. Tam simply asked people to date “carefully and slowly.”\nHappy dating, Canada!