England has released some measures intended to protect people from the coronavirus, prohibiting gatherings between people of different households.
The coronavirus continues to provide new challenges for governments around the globe. One of the most unusual cases comes from England, which recently released a rule prohibiting indoor gatherings of two or more people belonging to different “households.” This loose terminology means that people not living under the same roof can’t meet up with friends or acquaintances. Presumably, this includes sex.
Although the law is being called by media as a “sex ban,” the rule never specifically mentions the word sex, probably because of the outrage it would cause. The rule came into effect on June 1, under the Health Protections Regulations 2020 bill which defines the prohibited gatherings as “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.”
Sex, unless you live with your sexual partner, is implicitly included in these social interactions. And if you break this rule, you can be prosecuted.
“Changes to Coronavirus Regulations mean people can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households. However, everybody should act responsibly and continue to strictly observe social distancing rules,” the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement to Mashable.
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While these measures are temporary, they’re alarming and could lend themselves to misinterpretation. According to the Independent, the police can arrest and fine people a minimum of 100 pounds, however, they can’t come inside your home. So, if someone rats on you, you might be fined for having sex, but at least no one will come barging through your bedroom door.