Are you still using dating apps, even with a global pandemic going on? If so, Newfoundland & Labrador's health minister as a message for you. John Haggie is taking the internet by storm after he told people to be careful when using Tinder and Grindr. He's also had more meme-able moments during the daily COVID-19 press conferences.
Sometimes you need a government official to warn people about dating apps to really put everything in perspective.
While speaking at a press conference, Haggie brought up technology and how people are choosing to use it to keep in touch while still maintaining a physical distance between themselves and others.
"Whilst we have stressed technology for keeping socially connected, again, there are challenges with the use of that," he said.
The health and community services minister mentioned that he had been asked to bring up the issue of dating apps.
After citing an uptick in usage, he had a warning for people who are still going on those kinds of apps.
"If you use Tinder or Grindr and you swipe right, you might get more than you bargained for," Haggie said.
He went on the ask people to be careful when using dating apps or meeting new people during COVID-19.
“If you use Tinder or Grindr, and you swipe right, you might get more than you bargained for” NL Health Minister… https://t.co/roptuG5gcW— Melissa Royle Critch (@Melissa Royle Critch)1585846448.0
Every day brings another quotable moment from our venerable Minister of Health, “If you use Tinder or Grindr and yo… https://t.co/bglbjTlzdU— Amy P. (@Amy P.)1585846339.0
“If you use Tinder or Grindr, and you swipe right, you may get more than you bargained for” Dr. Haggie is being an… https://t.co/1Nk8hnbxNw— Cass 🐺 (@Cass 🐺)1585846371.0
If you've been keeping up with the daily press conferences from Newfoundland & Labrador's officials, then Haggie's bluntness, meme-able quotes and sass is no surprise.
But it's still funny.
For those just discovering Haggie, he's said some pretty hilarious things in previous press conferences, like asking people to not let their kids lick shopping carts.
He also schools people on how to behave during COVID-19.
“Don’t take your children with you to the grocery store. And please don’t let them lick the handles on the shopping… https://t.co/6eL4TaTRZ4— Devin Heroux (@Devin Heroux)1585847549.0
Has @Johnrockdoc ever been quoted in cross-stitch before? Thanks to Jaimie Feener of Feener and Thread for sharing… https://t.co/dYVXNkcCus— CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)1585688400.0
Common sense is not all that common Please don't let you kids lick the shopping carts!!! Min John Haggie Best… https://t.co/DWrsEvLRGj— Paul Reddy ⚓️ (@Paul Reddy ⚓️)1585588751.0
“Stay in your bubble and don’t burst anyone else’s bubble.” - Dr. John Haggie, Health Minister of Newfoundland an… https://t.co/156bDZerD3— GTA: Sam Andreas (@GTA: Sam Andreas)1585502805.0
Loves when John Haggie tells it straight. Yeah, teenagers, 4 in a car now isn’t that smart. And then he tells us to… https://t.co/digW1fFn0z— T.J. Smith (@T.J. Smith)1585846274.0
“Physical distancing saves lives,” says John Haggie. @Johnrockdoc He said stores & shoppers must avoid having peopl… https://t.co/Er9GveE2Tf— Bernice Hillier (@Bernice Hillier)1585846184.0
Haggie ended up getting that cross-stitch of his quote about not letting kids lick the handles of shopping carts.
He's also got a little bit of a fan club going on Twitter.
One person said, "every day I look forward to 2:30PM to listen to the shade John Haggie is gonna throw about how stupid Newfoundlanders are taking this isolation."
Another even asked Jimmy Kimmel to comment on Haggie's Tinder and Grindr statement.
Everyday I look forward to 2:30PM to listen to the shade John Haggie is gonna throw about how stupid Newfoundlander… https://t.co/OEHHC2VZGh— martina (@martina)1585588873.0
John Haggie seems like the kind of person I'd meet while sitting at a bar. He pops in with a 'Is this seat taken.'… https://t.co/equB7Kw9LT— Cahhrles (@Cahhrles)1585502420.0
John Haggie becoming a Memelord out of left field; Nobody seem this coming 🤣— Blake Thornhill (@Blake Thornhill)1585846937.0
Thinking of starting a John Haggie update drinking game. Whenever he says ‘Facebook’, ‘shed’ or ‘snapshot in time’… https://t.co/Wn8bhdlUhV— Mark Critch (@Mark Critch)1585679201.0
Newfoundland & Labrador has strict rules in place when it comes to COVID-19, including mandatory self-isolation for people who arrive in the province, even if they come from other parts of Canada.
One woman was even arrested twice in one week for refusing to self-isolate after coming back from a trip outside of the country.