Watch: A new way of dating during lockdown It's still not the same as meeting up in person, he says. They cooked the same meal - roast lamb one week, slow-cooked chilli the rroom - and "just sat down with wine and a candle like we were on a date".
Frustrated by their failed efforts to break free from a pandemic-themed escape room on a pre-lockdown date, they tried out a virtual version for Tom's birthday in April. They even had an online Monopoly double date with Tom's housemate and his girlfriend.
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Every Friday, Sarah now takes part in a virtual quiz with Tom's family - even though she hasn't met them yet. Sarah is teammates with Tom and they talk on the phone.
But while she catches snippets of the group conversation, she hasn't been formally introduced on the Zoom chat yet. She thinks these snippets of communication will ease the pressure when she does finally meet his family in person. They hadn't realised quite how much of an impact the decisions of the prime minister would have on their relationship.
Their Sunday date nights quickly became socially-distanced date days. The first time, Sarah found it odd to sit on separate picnic blankets outdoors, each with their own afternoon tea in a takeaway box.
Because of the nature of their jobs - and the fact that she has been shopping for her parents who are shielding - she says they both "overthink" social distancing measures. But Sarah says it "just wouldn't work" if one person was less strict than the other.
Tom has a "freedom list" saved in the notes on his phone of date ideas for when loughbotough lockdown does end. It features the names of restaurants they want to go to, meals they plan to cook together, a second attempt at a real escape room, and a visit to an alpaca farm. For Nice Ennis gal needs a real though, socially-distanced meet-ups are still an improvement on not seeing one another at all.