Has the UK government actually introduced a lockdown sex ban?

When the UK lockdown was confirmed way back in March, a furrowed brow formed across the nation.

Boris meant business, clearly, but his announcement wasn’t exactly crystal clear.

In the weeks that followed, various government ministers attempted to clarify certain rulings on COVID panels, news programmes and chat shows with varying degrees of success.

Seasons have changed, but people are still arguing over the small print on the Health Protection bill.

Ten weeks of tweaking, tightening and loosening lockdown laws has turned the guidelines document into a permanent source of contention, confusion and even government scandal.

But the most recent amendment has perhaps been the hottest (and sweatiest) topic of all.

New rules suggest that it’s illegal to have sex with someone you don’t live with during lockdown. And it’s getting people a little warm below the collar.

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Is the law actually real?

Technically, yes.

The latest coronavirus bill has made meeting others in indoor locations not just frowned upon, but illegal.

So, in theory, visiting another home during lockdown could result in prosecution.

The amendment says: “No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.”

It also states: “No person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living.”

Reading between the lines, that would definitely include sex. But it would also constitute any other activity that might invade 2m distancing.

These rules state you cannot visit another household under pretty much any circumstances… regardless of whether it’s to borrow a book, bake a cake, or slip between the sheets.

A list of reasonable excuses are included within the document.

What do the changes actually mean?

From 1 June, gathering outdoors with people you don’t live with is permitted.

The government is encouraging people to leave their own premises and head outdoors to parks and outdoor markets. But experts are warning that it is not safe for the public to visit one another’s homes just yet.

There is no word on when this might change, although apparently the rules, as always, remain “under constant review.”

The official government advice online for the time being is:

“At all times, you should continue to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your household.”

Head to Gov UK to learn more.

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