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After a year of virtual Zoom dating, lots of singles are ready to get back to in-person dating and Tinder is here to help. The dating app is giving away 1,000 free COVID tests to encourage folks to go on dates again.

Starting this Saturday, Tinder users can claim the testing kits and they’ll be able to reserve a pair of tests – one for them and one for their match. They’re giving away 1,000 Everlywell COVID Test Home Collection Kits in total, allowing 500 couples to know they’re negative so they can go on a date. And now that some states are lifting COVID safety restrictions, those dates could happen at restaurants and movie theaters.

Tinder reports that mentions of “go on a date” in U.S. users’ bios hit an all-time high last month. “The pandemic has created no shortage of dating obstacles,” explains Nicole Parlapiano, Tinder’s VP of Marketing for North America, “but we think our members are pretty optimistic about getting back out there.”

The testing kits will be available to Tinder users on a first come, first served basis starting at 7pm ET this Saturday (aka March 20th).