Like we didn’t spend enough time with our girlfriends before all this Coronavirus stuff starting happening, the Government has now advised that all couples living separately should ‘test the strength’ of their relationships during the UK lockdown.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries has advised that any couples living apart should make the decision to either move in together during the lockdown, or not see each other at all, urging the public to ‘make your choice and stick with it’. Suppose I’ll have to move in with her then, who else is gonna get me a tinny from the fridge while I watch Dave all day?
The Government have raised concerns that couples who continue to travel back and forth to see each other could be spreading the virus, and have stressed the importance of not switching between households during this time.
Harries said: “The principle is that we want people to stay in their household units, primarily
“The reason for that is if you have an infection you are very close with your family members, so your risk of exposure to the virus is pretty similar, usually, across a family. We almost expect another member of the family to get that unless they apply very, very stringent precautions.
“So if you’re two individuals, two halves of a couple in separate households, ideally they should stay in those households.
“The alternative might be that for quite a significant period going forward they should test the strength of their relationship and decide whether one wishes to be permanently resident in another household. What we do not want is people switching in and out of households, it defeats the purpose of their deduction in social interaction and will allow transmissions of disease.
“So perhaps test really carefully your strength of feeling, stay with the household, either together or apart, but keep it that way while we go forward, otherwise we will not all be working towards achieving outcome.”
Look on the brights side though, lads. Fresh bedding, tea cooked and a fully stocked fridge. It can only be a win!