Casual sex banned for people who don’t live together in Tier 2 and 3 lockdowns

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Anyone living in a Tier 2 or Tier 3 Covid-19 alert zone is banned from having casual sex with someone from a different household, the government have said.

People living in a high risk Tier 2 or very high risk Tier 3 region will be breaking the law if they meet anywhere indoors with someone outside of their own household.

Government guidelines on household mixing were previously updated to allow couples who don't live together to meet up and have sex last month.

But, the guidance continues to ban casual sex, with Matt Hancock urging Brits to "be careful" and "sensible" in the pandemic, the Mirror Online reports.

London, Essex and York are among the places being moved from Tier 1 to Tier 2 this weekend.

Lancashire has joined Liverpool City Region in the highest Tier 3, and Greater Manchester could follow and be placed under the strictest restrictions.

Casual sex is technically legal indoors in a tier 1 lockdown, but it goes against the guidance as people not in a support bubble or "established relationship" are meant to be social distancing when they gather indoors.

Government guidance doesn't define what counts as an "established relationship," but it adds: "If in the early stages of a relationship, you should take particular care to follow the guidance on social distancing."

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A previous update to the guidance said: "If you intend to have close contact with someone, you should discuss how you can help to prevent risks of transmission as a couple, for example, by ensuring you are both avoiding close contact with people you do not live with."

Casual sex in a private home or garden was already illegal under the previous local lockdown rules, prior to Boris Johnson announcing the new three-tier system.

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Mr Hancock said last month: "I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is okay in an established relationship.

"It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible.

"If you're in a relationship that is well established… what it means is people realising that coming into close contact with people from other households, then that is how the virus spreads."

  • Coronavirus
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