Harare-The United Kingdom (UK) has passed a new lockdown law that prohibits people from different households to engage into sexual activities as the government steps up efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, Yahoo!news has revealed.
On Monday, the government of UK introduced a new regulation that bans the gathering of two or more people from different households in England.
The amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Bill states that:“No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.
Only people with a “reasonable excuse” are allowed to meet in a private place.
“No person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living,” the amended Bill reads.
This differs from the the previous regulation which banned people to leave their without reasonable excuses, now with the new law in force even those in private places could be prosecuted.
Anyone breaching the new lockdown regulation can be fined £100, or half of the amount if paid within a period of two weeks.
Adam Wanger, human rights lawyer, tweeted on Sunday:“I can’t believe I’m about to tweet this. From tomorrow sex between two (or more) people in a private place who do not live in the same household is a ‘gathering’ between 2 or more people and is therefore illegal.”
Another lawyer, Goerge Pertez QC, revealed that there is a loophole with the new regulation saying that someone could have sex with an escort in their house as it may be deemed for work reasons.
The lockdown has previously been eased in England with people permitted to gather in public in groups of up to six people.
The new law defines 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”.
The UK government’s official guideline states that: “Close contact with people from other households means a much higher risk of transmission, and according to the scientific advice, we cannot safely allow people to see people they don’t live with indoors without the risk that the virus will spread.”
With the new regulation in force, people can no longer gather indoors unless they are: having a funeral; an elite athlete or coach of an elite athlete; helping the vulnerable; facilitating a house move; having a necessary work meeting; assisting or providing childcare.