A ‘sex ban’ is in force for couples living apart in both Tier 2 and 3 areas across England as they’re still unable to mingle indoors, but luckily the Isle of Wight has escaped such restraints.
With the Island in Tier 1, it means that sex is still allowed between those who don’t live together – the Isle of Wight being just 1 of just 3 places across the country where this is permitted.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock was recently asked about the rules for people in relationships but living in different houses. Hancock confirmed those living under Tier 2 and 3 restrictions would only be able to see each other outside – but stressed those impacted should read the guidance for their area.
“The rules about exactly what is permitted in each of the tiers is on the Gov.uk website.
“I start my answer with that because for everybody watching if you’re in a specific situation, then the best thing to do is to go and look precisely at the rules.
“Now of course I understand the impact on people who are in a long-term relationship and we have made specific provision.
“But the general rule for those who are in Tier 2 is that the rule of 6 applies outdoors, including for instance in a private garden, but indoors you should only be mixing with people who are in your own household.”Article continues below this advertisement
In September, the ‘sex ban’ rule was briefly lifted for couples in established relationships, but a spike in COVID cases meant it was re-introduced.