The Dutch government’s National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said those not in relationships should look to making arrangements with one other person during the cov-19.
The paired-up singletons are being advised to practice ‘safe physical relation’ by avoiding intimacy if either are suspected of having Cov-19. It comes after detractor hit out at the lack of physical relation advice for those in relationships with themselves.
The RIVM also advised established couples to avoid having relation with each other if they suspect either has the disease.
Offered solutions for them included ‘physical relation with yourself or with others at a distance is possible’ adding that ‘erotic stories’ and ‘masturbating together’ worked well. Since March 23 social-distancing measures have been in place in the Netherlands as part of the government’s so-called ‘intelligent or targeted’ lockdown measures , that allowed small gatherings so long as people kept their distance.
On May 14 the country’s RIVM published new guidance that said: ‘It makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact’ during the cov-19, the BBC reported, warning that those chose to engage in romantic liaisons should still take precautions to also minimise the spread of cov-19.
The Guidance read: ‘Discuss how best to do this together, ‘For example, meet with the same person to have physical contact (for example, a cuddle buddy or ‘ physical relation buddy’), provided you are free of illness.
‘Make good arrangements with this person about how many other people you both see. The more people you see, the greater the chance of (spreading) cov-19.’ For people with long-term partners suspected of having cov-19 the advice was also clear. ‘Don’t have physical relation with your partner if they have been isolated because of (suspected) cov-19 infection.
‘Physical relation with yourself or with others at a distance is possible.’ The Netherlands began its first stage of a five-part pathway out of lockdown on Monday as libraries, hairdressers, nail bars, beauticians and massage salons were allowed to reopen. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said ‘headway’ had been made in reducing infections down. A further 200 infections and 53 people loose there life were recorded in Holland over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 43,880 positive tests for cov-19 and more than 5,500 people loose there life.
This Article Was Originally Published On metro.co.uk (16 May 2020)