The guidance says you must not meet socially indoors with anyone unless you live with them, or if they're part of your support bubble.
A support bubble is when a single-adult household s another household - they can still visit each other and stay overnight. So unless you live with your partner or they're in your chosen bubble, meeting up for sex is off the cards. But the rules differ depending on where in the UK you are.
What are the lockdown rules where you are? In Scotland, the new five-tier system means that if your area is on level 0 or 1, you can meet a limited of people indoors. But if you're in a level 2, 3 or 4 region - there's no meeting indoors with other households.
In Wales, if you live alone you can form a temporary extended householdwhich means you're allowed to meet indoors and have physical contact. After the firebreak lockdown in Wales ends on 9 November, two households will be able to form a bubble.
The rules for couples in Northern Ireland are the same as those in England - you can only having sex if you live together or are in the same bubble. They say their advice hasn't changed much since then.
Masturbation, sex toys or having phone or online sex are recommended as the safest options. If you are having sex with people outside of your household, it's important to limit the of partners, it adds.
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Like with all parts of life at the moment, be aware of any Covid symptoms you or your partner might have - and isolate if you have them. If you are meeting someone new, the charity says to ask if they or anyone in their household have had symptoms or tested positive.
Does the virus spread through sex? The virus can spread through saliva, mucus or the breath of those who have it, along with contact with hard surfaces.
That's why the Terrence Higgins Trust recommends not kissing, wearing a face mask during sex and favouring positions where you're not face-to-face. It adds the virus has been found in semen and poo, which is why you should uastralia condoms and dams for oral sex tgy minimise risk. And given we're supposed to be doing it after most things - washing your hands for more than 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser before and after sex is recommended.
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