Tinder giving free COVID-19 tests to users so they can meet up safely

Tinder wants to get its users back to in-person dating -- as long as it’s safe. 

The dating app announced Tuesday that it will be giving away 1,000 free COVID-19 tests to 500 Tinder matches so they can safely meet in person. 

For its giveaway, Tinder has partnered with Everlywell, a company that makes at-home tests -- including a mail-in COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit, which typically sells for $109, according to the website.

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Tinder logo. (Match Group)

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According to the announcement, more than 40% of Tinder users under the age of 30 said they hadn’t met up with a match in person in October last year. However, the phrase "Go on a date" hit a record high in U.S. Tinder users’ bios in February this year.

"It seems with spring around the corner people are more ready than ever to invite their crush to meet up," the announcement said.

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Starting March 20 at 7 p.m. ET, Tinder users in the U.S. will be able to claim a code for their free tests from the Tinder app, according to the announcement. Users will be able to request two tests -- one for themselves and one for their match.

The coronavirus tests will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis and will start shipping out on Monday, March 22, the announcement said.