The government’s new cap on gatherings at two people even applies to private homes, but you can still see your boyfriend or girlfriend, it turns out.
Although it was unclear in the initial announcement, the government has since confirmed that exceptions will be made for “families split across two houses.”
This means that you’re still free to visit your parents, siblings and, luckily, your partner.
The rules also state that if you live alone, you can have one non-family guest, but if your household is larger than two people, you cannot have any non-family visitors.
Big clarification here from the government to @sophiemeixner. I listened to the whole press conference intently and this was not the vibe I got from it. I thought from what the PM said it was just public gatherings.— Matt Bevan ???? (@MatthewBevan) March 29, 2020
It seems the government is trusting people to judge how serious their relationships are. If you’re unsure whether you meet the criteria for a partner, maybe it’s time to have a chat. Friends-with-benefits doesn’t count as family in a pandemic situation.
As long as neither of you are at risk and are practicing good hygiene and social distancing, it may be safe to bang. Definitely hold off on casual hookups for the time being, although phone sex probably has the PM’s blessing.
Of course, it’s still important to stay at home as much as possible. Besides family members, gatherings of more than two are still banned so you shouldn’t be mingling with strangers in public.
So there’s good news for couples, for the time being. But it would be nice if Scott Morrison could, for once, make himself clear in his announcements so the rest of the country doesn’t have to scramble to figure out what is and isn’t allowed.
Wash your hands!
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