Matt Hancock issues televised coronavirus sex warning over casual romps ban

People need to "be careful" when it comes to having sex outside of "established relationships" during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Under the government's latest round of lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, couples in "established" relationships living in different households have been told they are allowed to have sex – but casual romps are still banned.

In June the government banned household mixing, which also made it illegal for those who are in relationships yet living separately to have sex due to social distancing measures.

But asked about the government's guidance that only "established" couples should be having sex on Thursday morning, Mr Hancock told Sky News: "In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase.

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"If you're saying that two households shouldn't mix, which we are in some parts of the country – in the North East, the North West, in Scotland, in parts of Wales – then you have to then define what is the boundary of that."

He added: "I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is okay in an established relationship.

"It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible.

"If you're in a relationship that is well established… what it means is people realising that coming into close contact with people from other households, then that is how the virus spreads."

Mr Hancock joked that "I know I am in an established relationship" with his wife.

The Health Secretary also told BBC that the government hasn't ruled out the possibility that university students will have to stay away from home over Christmas to reduce the spread of Covid-19 if there were widespread issues with outbreaks on campus.

"We haven't reached that point yet… I don't rule out anything," Hancock told BBC when asked about the possibility.

"We don't rule out anything. It's not something that I want to do. But what's important is that we, of course, keep people safe and keep the virus under control."

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