Yes, you can!
I like everything about your post, most importantly, the safety issue.
I think you can do everything you mentioned or drop things you don’t like.
Let your friends, your friends’ spouse, colleagues, and relatives know your dating plan.
I would do face time or zoom for many weeks or months.
You may check out social club such as Toastmasters or church’s small group. Currently, Toastmaster club is online.
Last, pay attention in places like library, supermarket, post office, restaurant, office buildings, & other public place.
Have an open mind and know what you want!
All best and pray!