Amongst all the madness, the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the human need for physical interaction. The Government has recently announced that those in an established relationship no longer need to socially distance – provided that you do not live in a local lockdown area.

Social distancing and sex are two words which, in 2020, typically do not go hand in hand. However, the Government now states that “people in an established relationship do not need to socially distance.” This applies to couples who do not physically live together. Under these new regulations, couples can legally meet up and have sex.

couple meeting up

It may not be clear exactly what an ‘established relationship’ constitutes to, but it is assumed that couples will use their common sense to decide whether they fit the bill or not. The Government also states that “if you are in the early stages of a relationship, you should take particular care to follow the guidance on social distancing.”

Rules surrounding Covid-19 differ depending on the area you live in and the prevalence of Coronavirus cases in that area. In ‘local lockdown’ areas, mixing with other households in private spaces, such as homes and gardens, is forbidden. Therefore, sex is seemingly banned in these areas, for now.

Fortunately, dating in public places is back on the cards (but only until 10pm, of course). So, if you’re waiting to take that special someone out to their favourite restaurant, go ahead! Just don’t forget to wash your hands.

Our advice is to always be vigilant and ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. However, do ensure that you are also taking care of your own needs, too – within reason. This is a very difficult time for many people and having a support network is important – even if it is at a social distance!

Speak to us in confidence

If you do engage in sexual activity and you are worried about your sexual health, you should always get tested. Better2Know can arrange a clinic appointment or convenient home test for you. Contact us in confidence. You can find out more about our top tips on safer sex during the pandemic here.


[1] BBC

[2] ITV

[3] Mirror

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