The new lockdown rules will be introduced in the latest amendment to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill which will be presented to parliament today.
It details the measures which have eased, such as being able to meet up in groups of six for a BBQ and conditions for elite athletes to return to sport.
Buried in the document is a new regulation which explicitly bans meeting up with anyone from outside your household in your own home.
It reads: “No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.
“There is a gathering 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.”
Brought in to help support the new rules about friends and family having to meet up outside, the clause puts a categorical legal end to lockdown sex with others from outside your home.
Previous regulations did not include the wording about private places as travel restrictions categorically urged people to stay in their homes except for food shopping and exercise.
Now both people will technically be able to be prosecuted under the coronavirus regulations as both have committed an offence by having a two-person gathering from separate households – in a private place.
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It also allows people to gather in a private place for childcare, for separated parents to see their children, to provide emergency assistance and to allow someone to avoid harm.
The regulations define 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”.
So sadly, sex in your home with a lover you don’t live with will for now be illegal in Britain.
However, this afternoon No10 said it was unlikely that Brits will be targeted for their crimes.
Downing Street confirmed that the police do not have the powers to storm into anyone’s home – unless they suspect “serious criminal activity” is taking place.
A spokesperson said this lunchtime: “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 the last resort.”
Police forces will be able to use their discretion.
But they won’t be able to barge into peoples homes.
“You’re wrong there in the sense that police don’t have powers to enter people’s homes under the regulations,” they spokesperson said.
“What they can do is enter homes where they suspect serious criminal activity is taking place under separate and existing laws.”