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Bad news, singletons - that dry spell is going to last a bit longer.
The Health Secretary confirmed the tragic news at a press conference from Downing Street yesterday, after a member of the public asked about the state of affairs for single people.
Single people, and couples who are living apart under Tier 2 regulations, are only permitted to see each other outdoors.
Mr. Hancock added that it is vital that people who feel they may be impacted by the new restrictions should read the government guidance about what applies to their area.
Responding to Ella, the politician said: "The rules about exactly what is permitted in each of the tiers is on the Gov.uk website.
"I start my answer with that because for everybody watching if you're in a specific situation, then the best thing to do is to go and look precisely at the rules."
While Mr. Hancock explained he knew things have been strained for single people, or those who don't live with their partners, he insisted the rules are clear.
"The general rule for those who are in Tier 2 is that the rule of six applies outdoors, including for instance in a private garden, but indoors you should only be mixing with people who are in your own household," he said.
The new coronavirus rules, which sees England taken out of lockdown, puts different areas around the country in separate tiers. Several cities have found themselves in Tier 3, the strictest tier, while areas such as London and most of the South East have found themselves in Tier 2.
The stringent Tier 2 and 3 regulations fundamentally put an end to all casual sex and hook-ups for people who don't live in the same household.
Even in Tier 1 regulations, which have been put in place in Cornwall, sex would be tricky, with those who are allowed to meet still required to wear masks and maintain a social distance.
The recent lockdown measures have seen a reduction in coronavirus cases across the country, with Mr. Hancock confirming the rate of new cases is down 30 per cent.
"This is clearly good news. It shows that the national restrictions have been successful," he said.
"And what this means in practice is that through everyone's actions in respecting the national lockdown, and through everything that people have sacrificed, we've reduced pressures on the NHS, we've brought down the number of coronavirus cases, we've got this virus back under control."
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