A pair pressed their faces together beneath a tree, turning this way and that way for selfies. A few feet away, two bodies were intertwined on the ground, their heads hidden by a flannel shirt. Two others lay side-by-side, gazing up at the limbs and leaves of a lush tree...
“When we first reopened with restrictions in April, there were still a lot of, ‘How do we do this? Do we shake hands?’” Ms. Delarosa said. “Since the restrictions have been erased, it’s like a faucet has been turned on. The hesitation is gone.”
“Everyone’s kind of slightly lowered their standards, or maybe opened up their idea of what they find attractive,” Ms. Delarosa added. She recently overheard a customer tell a friend: “I’d make out with him. Before the pandemic, probably not.”
Ms. Delarosa, like her patrons, feels the tension between a full reopening and the possibility that one of the new coronavirus variants could shut everything down again.
“You have to live your life now,” she said. “People are full-on swallowing each other’s faces on Friday and Saturday nights.”