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Brits could be able to have casual sex again from as early as next week.
People from different households are expected to be able to meet indoors from Monday, May 17, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to announce a further easing of lockdown restrictions at the latest Downing Street press conference at 5pm today.
However, the Rule of Six is likely to apply, meaning up to six people – or two households – can get together at any one time.
If it goes ahead, it will be the first time in more than five months that loved ones have been able to mingle inside.
Since November last year, couples who didn't live together have been banned from having sex indoors – unless they were in a support bubble together. Outdoor sex was outlawed a month later.
This meant many missed out on romance on Valentine's Day on February 14.
Last weekend, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said "friendly contact, intimate contact, between friends and family is something we want to see restored."
As part of the easing of social distancing measures, hugging loved ones is also likely be allowed – as is sleeping at someone else's house.
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Under current rules, people from separate households are urged to stay at least 1.5 meters away to cut the spread of Covid-19.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries said she was "hopeful" hugging could be allowed, but urged people to act "cautiously".
The hospitality sector will also reopen next Monday, meaning sex-starved Brits can spend nights at hotels and go on dates at restaurants.
Dr Soum Rakshit, CEO of sex toy retailer MysteryVibe, the pandemic had seriously affected our sex lives.
“It’s clear that the British public is suffering from a sexual recession," he told The Sun.
"Whether it’s fears about performance, a lack of sex drive or external life pressures, the UK is in a sexual rut."
- Boris Johnson
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