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Can it be illegal to have consensual sex with your partner who resides in a different household?

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Can it be illegal to have consensual sex with your partner who resides in a different household?

As of today the answer is yes!

On the 1st June 2020 an amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions) Bill states:

  • No person may without reasonable excuse stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living
  • No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place:
    • Outdoors which consists of more than 6 people
    • Indoors which consists of 2 or more people

The regulations define the gathering as “when 2 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 activity with each other“.

There are exceptions however they do not extend to seeing your partner who resides in a different household.

You can only gather outdoors with 6 people in total who do not reside in your household and it is already illegal to have sex in a public place.

This means that anyone having sex with someone from a different household can be prosecuted as from today .

The penalty is a fine of £100 which is reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

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