As of today, June 1, anybody caught having sex at home with somebody who doesn’t live there could land themselves with a criminal record.
As part of a new government rule, it is now illegal to get intimate with someone from a different household.
Up until now the person visiting a house for sex would have been the one in breach of the measures.
But now both people would be able to be prosecuted under the law with Amendment Regulations being introduced in Parliament on Monday.
The Health Protection Regulations 2020 bill stipulates that ‘no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons’.
It reads: “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.”
Essentially, the amendments make it impossible to have legal sex with anyone from outside your household.
Despite the changes allowing gathering of up to six people in a public place, it is still forbidden to have sex in public (more specifically, in groups of six).
It is understood that the new legislation explicitly bans being inside the house in a gathering of more than one person without a reasonable excuse.
The events are described online as “intimate parties for classy, sophisticated couples and single ladies”
People who may be deemed to have a reasonable excuse are sports professionals, people attending funerals, vulnerable persons fleeing a risk of violence, carers and those with unavoidable work commitments.
For those attending a funeral of a loved one, rules encompass staying overnight to attend a funeral as a member of the deceased person’s household or a close family member of the deceased person.
Meanwhile athletes are able to stay in a different location to their own residence if they are training for a competition – and this applies to an elite athlete, a coach and parent.
Others who are exceptions to the new rule are those moving house and people who need to obtain medical assistance.
Writing on Twitter, Adam Wagner, a human rights barrister at Doughty Street, said that the police will no longer have powers to challenge the public carrying out activities outside of the home.
He wrote: “To be clear – from tomorrow – the police can no longer get involved with why you are outside of the place you are living.
“No more power to direct people back home. No more power to fine for leaving / being outside of home without reasonable excuse.”