Having sex with someone “out of your household” in your home is likely to become illegal in England, officials have said.
The English government says it implements new lockdown measures “that prevent people from socializing (or gathering) in a private space with one person from outside their home.”
Before the new development arose, especially during the lockdown of coronavirus, only the person who visited another “for sex”‘s home would have been the one who violated the guidelines.
But with Monday ‘s latest guideline, both parties will be legally liable to be charged under the statute, with Monday’s amendment legislation being implemented in Parliament.
Data as of Monday showed England had recorded more than 132,000 infections with coronavirus including more than 27,000 deaths.
All in all, Britain still has the second-highest overall toll in the global epidemic, with 39,045 deaths reported.
At the daily government briefing on Monday, the health secretary said there were 1,570 more positive cases, the lowest number since March 25.
The announcement comes as Britain eased limits on the lockdown by reopening schools and easing guidelines on social distances.
Downing Street on Monday, according to the report, confirmed that the police, however, does not have the powers to storm into anyone’s home – “unless they suspect serious criminal activity is taking place.”
The new legislation bans being inside the house in a gathering of more than one person “without a reasonable excuse”.
Asked how police will enforce the ban on indoor gatherings, the Prime Minister’s spokesman reportedly said: “The police will do as they have done since the beginning of the health regulations being in place. They will be exercising their common sense and engaging with the public and only issuing fixed penalty notices when they believe it’s a last resort.”
Also asked if No10 really wanted police to get involved with couples having sex in a household, the spokesman added “the law allows the police to exercise their discretion. That will continue to be the case under the new rules.”
“But they will have the power to break up large public gatherings and issue fixed penalty notices where they feel that is appropriate.”
Asked again if police would also have the power to break up small, private gatherings of two people – including “storming into bedrooms” – the spokesman said: “You’re wrong there in the sense that police don’t have powers to enter people’s homes under the regulations.
“What they can do is enter homes where they suspect serious criminal activity is taking place under separate and existing laws.”
“Police can’t burst into your bedroom and fine you for having sex,” No 10 assured.
Under the new rules there are a number of exceptions allowing someone from another household to stay overnight.
People who may be excused are sports professionals, people attending funerals, vulnerable persons fleeing risk of violence, carers and those with unavoidable work commitments, the report added.