New Covid-19 Laws Make Sex In Your Home With A Person From Another Household Illegal From Today
From today (Monday) it is illegal in England to have sex in your home with a person from another household, under new coronavirus legislation which bans gatherings of two or more people from different households in private indoor spaces.
The latest amendment to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill stipulates that 'no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons'.
Based on the amendment's definition of a gathering, it seems sex does fall under this bracket.
It reads: "There is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other."
Sounds like checkmate that, doesn't it?
The amendments in essence make it impossible to have legal sex with anyone from outside your household. While it is true that we can gather in groups of six in public place now, it is still very much forbidden to have sex in public (particularly in groups of six).
When asked for comment on the new amendment, the Cabinet Office highlighted a newly updated coronavirus FAQs page, which you can view here.
Those of you who are not in a relationship with a person from the same household are probably wishing you lived in the Netherlands right now. Not only are restaurants, pubs and bars to reopen from today (Monday), but the government has also advised single citizens to find themselves a 'sex buddy'.
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The government acknowledged that the 1.5m distance rule in the country prohibited singletons from sexual intimacy. As such, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) updated its guidance, allowing singletons to make sensible 'sex buddy' arrangements.
"It makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact," the guidance reads.
"Discuss how best to do this together. For example, meet with the same person to have physical or sexual contact (for example, a cuddle buddy or 'sex buddy'), provided you are free of illness.
"Make good arrangements with this person about how many other people you both see. The more people you see, the greater the chance of (spreading) the coronavirus."
The policy was updated after outcry from singletons who argued social distancing rules were much more difficult to adhere to for them.
Linda Duits, a journalist specialising in gender issues, wrote in an opinion piece for Het Parool: "Proximity and physical contact are not a luxury, they are basic needs.
"If we have learned anything from the Aids epidemic, it is that not having sex is not an option."
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