New lockdown rules mean you can’t have sex at home with someone you don’t live with but you can go to a hotel

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If you live up north and you are single and ready to mingle, dating might prove a little tricky from here on out.

As of 5 August people that live in Greater Manchester and East Lancashire and areas of West Yorkshire will not be able to gather in groups of two or more… and this of course mean that people living in separate houses can not have sex.

The new rules that pertain to areas in the North of England were signed into law today, on 4 August, and if broken could result in a fine of £100.

The law states: "No person may participate in a gathering in the protected area which consists of two or more persons and takes place in a private dwelling, including a houseboat".

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It continues: "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".

However, the rules are a bit confusing as they do not in fact apply to meeting in places such as hotels, hostels, campsites, or B&Bs.

The rules are also not for people that are already in an extended bubble, such as those that are single parents to kids that are under the age of 18, and those people that are living alone.

If this is your situation, you do not need to stay the required two metres apart and are able to move about as if you are just one household.

Additionally, if you live in a lockdown area you can still drop your kids off to another household for childcare reasons if they are an accredited provider.

Also you are allowed to head off to a holiday home away from the lockdown area, but you are not able to meet up with anyone from another household once you get there.

Other exceptions are if a close family member is dying you can visit another home, or if you are helping someone with childbirth.

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Moreover, you are still able to move house, provide care to someone vulnerable or travel in an emergency.

The northern lockdown will be reviewed again on 19 August.

The new lockdown rules apply in the following places:

In Greater Manchester:

  • The City of Manchester
  • Trafford
  • Stockport
  • Oldham
  • Bury
  • Wigan
  • Bolton
  • Tameside
  • Rochdale
  • Salford

In Lancashire:

  • Burnley
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle & Rossendale

In West Yorkshire

  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees

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