The COVID-19 pandemic forced just about everyone in the United States to spend over a year inside, which can add complications to some romantic relationships.
A new study, done by Love Connection, compiled data from dating apps, law firms, and numerous other studies to figure out how the pandemic affected couples across the country in 2020. It seems many haven't been handling it very well.
According to the study, couples' intimacy suffered throughout the past year as 50% of partners reported a decline in their sex life, while 27% even said they felt a decrease in relationship satisfaction. However, 46% said they had not really noticed any significant changes.
The pandemic has also done some damage to marriages in the United States, as divorce applications reportedly rose from 40% to 45% in 2020, and 20% of new marriages that had lasted under five months found it difficult to survive these trying times.
The dating world seems to have been hit hard as well. 45% of those who claim to have been going on dates before the virus hit have stopped since, but online dating through apps such as Match, Tinder, and Bumble actually thrived — the industry saw a 13% increase throughout 2020.
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On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
We’re still waiting to hear back on @WRHospital’s proposal to @GovCanHealth to allow Windsor to receive vaccine sup… https://t.co/hWJIWfUNaH
In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.