The UK government will on Monday lay out new coronavirus lockdown guidelines that will restrict citizens from privately socialising with persons from outside their household.

According to UK Sun, this was captured in a clause contained in a new amendment to the 2020 Health Protection Regulations bill, which will be tabled before the country’s parliament.

Under the new legislation, it is a crime for anyone to stay away from home overnight, or to hold gatherings of more than two people indoors, or six people outdoors.

“No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons,” the piece of COVID-19 legislation reportedly reads.

It is understood that previous guidelines didn’t include wordings about meeting in private places as the general directive remained to stay at home and to avoid everything else but essential travel.

But the new amendment would reportedly now permit only those with “reasonable excuses” to be allowed to meet privately indoors – which does not include meeting up to have sex.

“From today, in England, you will be allowed to meet up to five friends in public outdoor places or in your garden,” Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter while speaking on the new guidelines.

“This will be a moment of joy and relief for many. Please remember to keep 2 metres away from those you don’t live with, and wash your hands regularly.”

The new regulation is set to come as countries continue to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 6.4 million confirmed cases reported globally so far.

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