Sex with someone who is not part of your household to be made a criminal offence in the United Kingdom as part of new lockdown measures

The UK’s “Daily Mirror reports that:

“Sex in your house with someone from outside of your household is set to become illegal today.

The government is introducing new lockdown measures that prevent people from socialising (or gathering) with one person from outside of their household in a private space.

Up until now the person visiting a house for sex would have been the one in breach of the measures”. (See https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-your-house-person-another-22117105).

As a libertarian, (with a small l) I find this deeply disturbing. What consenting adults do (behind closed doors) should be no concern of the state or of society. And this legislation strikes me as being something one would expect in a dictatorship rather than a democracy like the United Kingdom.

Yes COVID-19 is a serious problem and I am concerned about the pandemic. However I am more concerned (in this particular instance) about unwarranted intrusion into the private lives of consenting adults. Just how many people are going to become infected with the Corona virus as a consequence of having sex with a person who is not part of their household? I would be astounded if anyone has carried out any research into this issue.

For what its worth, my own (non-scientific view) is that very few people will become infected as a consequence of indulging in sexual relations with a person who is not part of their household.

Apart from the massive impact on civil liberties, I honestly can’t see this law being enforceable. A few nasty neighbours may report someone they suspect of breaking this law, but the vast majority will, I believe mind their own business (as, indeed they should do).

This (proposed) law contrasts sharply with the sensible and liberal policy of the Netherlands where single people are encouraged (should they wish to do so) to find a “sex buddy”, (see https://kmorrispoet.com/2020/05/16/the-netherlands-advises-single-people-to-find-corona-sex-buddies/).

I never thought that I would see the day in a country I love where such draconian laws where even being considered.

22 thoughts on “Sex with someone who is not part of your household to be made a criminal offence in the United Kingdom as part of new lockdown measures

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Your comment as regards politicians made me smile, Chris. But, as we all know our politicians are plaster saints who put we mere mortals to shame! Seriously, I hope that liberals/libertarians in all the parties represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords will speak up against this highly illiberal law. Best, Kevin

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  1. blindzanygirl

    I just found this post Kevin, whilst looking for other sound recordings of yours. I find this so draconian. What is going to become of our society? I think you already know my views on this. Something deep within me feels SICK at this. My whole being rebels against it. I cannot even put into words how I feel. People are aching for human connection at the moment, and if it is of a sexual nature then so be it. I am fed up with the way in which things are going at the moment. If this carries on the human race will not continue. But maybe I am taking this too far now!

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thanks for your comments, Lorraine.

      I wholeheartedly agree with you that this is a draconian piece of legislation. It will, I suspect be quietly disregarded by many people, and most neighbours who suspect that “the law” is being broken will, not I think be rushing to report the person living across the street to them. However the fact that the law will (almost certainly) be largely unenforceable does not mitigate against it’s harmful effects to the physical and mental wellbeing of people who need human companionship and sex.

      One would have thought also that the police have better things to do with their time than arrest/fine those who are simply doing what humans have done since the dawn of humanity. I am sure that the vast majority of the constabulary would rather be out there catching muggers, theives etc than hounding consenting adults.

      Best, Kevin

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      1. blindzanygirl

        I agree that the police will not be bothered. And I also agree that people will make their own minds up and do what they want and need to do,amyway.

      2. K Morris Poet Post author

        Thanks Lorraine.

        On the humorous side, can you imagine the following:

        A knock at the door, which is opened by a gentleman in boxer shorts.

        “Oh hello officer, can I help you?”. “Err sir, its a bit embarrassing but …”. “Please spit it out officer”.

        “Well, sir we have had reports that a young lady who is not part of your household is, err …”.

        “Oh officer, she’s my cleaner honest she is. Its really hot weather which is why she’s just wearing knickers and not much else. It gets really hot with all that vacuuming she has to do!”.

        “Very good sir, I wont disturb you any more …”.

        With which the police constable leaves!

  2. V.M.Sang

    While I think this law, if it actually comes to pass, is draconian, (and this is the first I’ve heard of it) I would like you to consider the following: the sex bit is new, but visiting another household for whatever reason has been part of the original lockdown. Also, people aren’t ‘islands unto themselves’. Everybody is in a network. Say I visit you. I have been in contact with someone who has covid, but is asymptomatic. You then go and meet a friend who visits her mother. Her mother’s husband is in the vulnerable group, contracts the virus and dies. I could get it from someone I pass in the street who pushes past me, not respecting social distancing. Then I visit my mother, not knowing I have it. She contracts it and is seriously ill.
    People are forgetting why these rules were brought in in the first place. This is a very nasty illness. Only yesterday I was reading about how it can leave people with damaged kidneys, heart, even brain. It has caused blood cloots in younger people and caused strokes.
    If two people can guarantee they are not going to meet anyone else, as long as this disease is around, fair enough, but this is not the case.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thank you for commenting, Vivienne. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your comment. I agree with you that this is a really nasty disease. However most (but not all) people have a sense of self-preservation, so I don’t believe that many individuals will be engaging in casual sex. If (as I believe) the majority of people want to be intimate with their partner (whether they are living together or otherwise), then this does, in the great scheme of things pose very little risk to the wider society. Also, if COVID persists for years (with no vaccine being found) then enforcing social distancing (in an extreme form) will, I think become nigh on impossible as we humans are naturally social animals. I am type2 diabetic (a group at particular risk of dying) if they contract COVID-19, so I’m concerned for myself. However I’m also concerned about the civil liberties of myself and others. All the best, Kevin

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  3. samanthaharris

    Is it fear tactics? Will it be enforced? I personally would prefer it if our police concentrated on the very high levels of violent crime now recorded in our country.

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Samantha. I think this law is, basically unenforceable, as we don’t live in an Orwellian distopia where telescreens relay what we do in the privacy of our own homes. Of course a neighbour (or someone else) may report a breach of the law to the police. However given there other priorities, I would be astounded if they would be rushing round to people’s homes to check whether such a law is being broken. Kevin

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      1. samanthaharris

        I do understand. The whole lockdown was always unenforceable so it has relied on people doing the right thing…many before we were told. Personally I live in a social housing tower block with security and CCTV so most of us are keeping to the rules.

    2. K Morris Poet Post author

      I note that you say, “most of us are doing the right thing”, which implies to me that some people are not observing the rules. But perhaps that is just my misinterpretation of your comment.

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      1. samanthaharris

        There are many disabled and mentally unstable people living in this block – there is 180 different households. I can honestly tell you that most people do appear to be following the rules. Since the call to return to work the whole estate has been busy. However, people are staying in their groups. Yes, there is one warring couple who live between each others floors…after the security guard leaves they can be heard arguing on the corridor. But you’re right…I do agree it’s unenforceable. I can see a lot from the 16th floor…I’ve no idea if peoples’ journeys are essential..it’s such a broad term.

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  5. AlexaJade

    I know I am a bit late to the party here, but it is ridiculous the things that have been said about sex is actual ridiculous. I mean could anyone honestly say that they would wear a face mask to have sex with?

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      On a humorous note, there are individuals who get a kick out of wearing masks, uniforms Etc during sex. This being the case I’m sure that a small number of people who indulge in fetish sexual practices would enjoy wearing a mask! However, as you say, this is ridiculous and most people would not relish wearing a mask! The government has recently changed the law/regulations so that people who do not live together (but are in a stable relationship) can meet together indoors. There is also of course the bubble thingh where people living alone can form a bubble with another household. Whilst this is more humane than the previous ban on households mixing, I am not a fan of the so-called “rule of 6”. Best wishes and thanks again for commenting. Kevin

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