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Sex no longer illegal for couples in ‘established relationships’ but casual sex is still banned

Sex no longer illegal for couples in ‘established relationships’ but casual sex is still banned

Author: Wardah Sempa | Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Sex no longer illegal for couples in ‘established relationships’ but casual sex is still banned Photograph

Couples that do not live together but are in ‘established’ relationships are now allowed to meet up and have sex in England – but casual sex is still banned.

Government guidelines quietly updated last week reversed a June decision on household mixing that made it illegal for people who do not live together to have sex. People who do not live together must socially distance when they see each other unless they fall under limited exemptions – including an ‘established relationship’.

The guidance does not clarify what is meant by ‘established’. The guidance also says people do not need to socially distance from those in their support bubbles.

The nation was banned from hooking up with each other when national lockdown hit – then areas placed under local lockdowns were again told not to mix households in the North East of England, the North West, parts of the Midlands and parts of Wales.