No sex until May confirms PM in latest bedroom setback for single Brits

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If you're single and longing for some human contact after a long and lonely lockdown, we have some bad news.

It won't be until mid-May at the very earliest that different households will be legally allowed to mingle indoors, putting paid to hopes of dating or hook-ups until late spring.

On Monday Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown that has killed more than 120,000 people in the UK, decimated the economy and kept families and friends apart for months.

The reopening of schools, hair salons, pubs and restaurants have now been pencilled in over the coming months, providing real hope that "the end really is in sight" at last, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons.

He didn't specify when "adult sleepovers" might be allowed in his four-step road map, but we can read between the lines to figure out exactly when randy Brits might be able to get their rocks off again after a long winter lockdown.

Sadly the long period of involuntary celibacy that's been forced on the nation's singletons won't come to an end until "Step 3" of the plan, which will take effect on May 17 at the very earliest.

At this point "most social contact rules" will be lifted in England, meaning people will no longer have to abide by the rule of six when meeting up outdoors.

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As for indoor mixing — whether that's a family gathering, dinner party or something more intimate — it will be permitted but the rule of six (or a limit of two households) will still apply while inside.

This semi-relaxation will be kept under review to see if the data supports going further. It's hoped that all legal limits on social contact can be lifted by the following month, meaning the country can enjoy a far freer summer than the last.

An entire year of social distancing has been hard for us all, but those who don't live with family or a partner have suffered greatly from their enforced solitude.

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Last June as cases dipped and some rules were relaxed over the summer, single Brits were permitted to form "support bubbles" with one other household to alleviate loneliness.

Overnight stays were explicitly allowed under the rules of the time, meaning cooped-up singletons (or those who don't live with their sexual partner) were allowed to spend the night having all kinds of fun with the Government's blessing.

It remains unclear if a similar provision will be put in place as part of the "one-way" road out of lockdown, which will consist of four steps.

Step 1 begins on March 8 with the return of all students to schools and colleges. Two people from different households will be allowed to meet up outdoors and care home residents will be permitted one regular visitor.

England's Stay at Home order will remain in place for now.

On March 29 the second phase of Step 1 begins to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

This will permit outdoor gatherings of either six people or a larger group from up to two households, including in private gardens. Outdoor sports facilities can also reopen and both kids and adults will be able to take part in "formally organised" outdoor sports.

The Stay at Home order will end although people will be encouraged to stay in their local area where possible. People will still be asked to work from home wherever possible and there won't be any overseas travel allowed, apart from exemptions

Step 2 will kick into gear on April 12 at the earliest with the reopening of non-essential retail, personal care premises and public buildings such as libraries.

Most outdoor attractions and settings will also reopen including hospitality, zoos and theme parks, but no indoor household mixing will be allowed yet.

Step 3 will begin on May 17 at the earliest, with the lifting of most social contact rules and punters allowed to sit inside pubs and restaurants once more.

Cinemas, hotels and sports venues will reopen and up to 30 people can attend events such as weddings and funerals.

By June 21 at the earliest, Step 4 will begin and it's hoped all legal limits on social contact, as well as restrictions on large events, will end.

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