Brits vow to go dogging after Govt bans indoor sex for Tier 2 couples
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Couples who don't live together will be banned from having sex indoors under Tier 2 restrictions unless they have formed a "support bubble" – but some Brits are coming up with creative solutions.
While romantic partners will be allowed to meet up in areas assessed as "high risk" under the new Local Covid Alert Level system, they'll be expected to adhere to social distancing rules.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said on Friday: "The rules on household mixing in Tier 2 set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you've formed a support bubble and that obviously does apply to some couples."
The harsh news has upset many couples who live apart and can't choose them to be part of their support bubble, while others have suggested the "no sex inside" rule leaves plenty of wiggle room for more outdoorsy lovers.
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"So have they made it legal outdoors to combat this?" one Twitter user asked.
"Does this mean sh**ging in car parks or pub gardens now ok, asking for a friend," another said.
"Are there a limit on participants – asking for lots of friends."
Some have joked that popular dogging spots will see increased activity in the coming weeks, with one person saying: "I guess Hampstead Heath & Clapham Common will be busy tonight then…"
Other Twitter users have combined the new restriction with other lockdown rules involving pubs, coming up with some truly depraved — but amusing — hypothetical situations.
"Hang on, it's only sex indoors that's banned so doing it in pub gardens is definitely ok," one said.
"Are we allowed to have sex in a pub, before/after having a 'substantial meal'?" another asked.
Some people have suggested that randy couples living apart simply meet in a Tier 1 area for their romantic trysts, but the Prime Minister's spokesman has already shot down that possibility.
"As has been the case throughout this pandemic – whether in following guidance or more recently when we placed it into law – you should behave at all times in the basis of the tier that you live in," he said.
"So if you live in Tier 2, you leave Tier 2, you should continue to behave under the rules for Tier 2."
After initially being placed in Tier 1 as part of the Government's new scheme, London and Essex will both move into the more restrictive Tier 2 at midnight tonight.
The main difference between the tiers is indoor household mixing, which is still permitted under Tier 1 but banned under Tiers 2 and 3.
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