In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic we’ve been given various updates from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, detailing what the next steps for the country will be.
And while we’ve been told the likes of stay indoors and be alert, it seems guidelines over in the Netherlands have been somewhat different to those here in the UK.
The Dutch have been advised to find a “sex buddy” amid the coronavirus pandemic despite Government rules that guests visiting the home must stay over a metre apart.
The guidelines came from the Dutch government and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), who encouraged those without a sexual partner to come to some form of agreement with another like-minded individual in what seems to be a slightly different approach to the one adopted over in the UK.
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However, pairings should try to avoid sex if one of them suspects they might have coronavirus.
The guidance from the Dutch government has come following critics saying that there was no sex advice for singles during the pandemic.
Guidance published on 14 May by the RIVM said: “It makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact.
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“Discuss how best to do this together. For example, meet with the same person to have physical or sexual contact (for example, a cuddle buddy or 'sex buddy'), provided you are free of illness.
"Make good arrangements with this person about how many other people you both see. The more people you see, the greater the chance of (spreading) the coronavirus."
“Don’t have sex with your partner if they have been isolated because of suspected coronavirus infection.
"Sex with yourself or with others at a distance is possible, think of telling erotic stories, masturbating together."
If those who are single do choose to engage in sexual contact, the authority advised taking precautions to minimise the risk of coronavirus exposure.
What’s lockdown like in the Netherlands?
Social distancing has been in place in the Netherlands since 23 March in what the Dutch government labelled “intelligent” lockdown.
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The Netherlands permitted small gatherings so long as social distancing was observed, displaying rules noticeably less strict than those of the surrounding countries.
The country has recently started the first stage of a five-phase lockdown exit plan and places such as hairdressers, nail bars and massage salons were allowed to reopen.
How are things different in the UK?
Unlike the Netherlands approach to sexual desires, a large amount of couples in the UK have been living separately since lockdown began on 23 March.
The UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harris, advised that if two individuals – two halves of a couple – are in separate households then they should stay in those households.
She added that couples should “test the strength of their relationship.”
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