Sex during lockdown with someone outside household declared illegal Overnight stay at others’ place also prohibited


LONDON: Having sex in your own home with someone from a different household is illegal from today, according to new legislation. At 11.30am on Monday, a new law was introduced to Parliament that bans two people from different households in England gathering in a private place during the coronavirus lockdown.

The amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Bill states: “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 comes as health officials warn the lockdown is being lifted too quickly, the Yahoo has reported.

Previously, going to another person’s home to have sex would have been a breach of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but now both parties could technically be prosecuted under the law. Having sex in public is already illegal.

Only those with a “reasonable excuse” are permitted to meet in a private place.

This includes elite athletes, those attending a funeral, those caring for a vulnerable person and people who need childcare.

The amended bill reads: “No person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living.” This differs from the previous legislation, which prohibited people from leaving their home at all without a reasonable excuse.

Anyone breaking the law can be fined £100, halved to £50 if paid within 14 days. The regulations define a gathering 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”.