Lockdown is tough on everyone, and we are all making sacrifices and staying apart from our loved ones for the greater good.
But for some, there are temptations that are just too strong to resist, lockdown or no lockdown.
A survey of 2,000 people from IllicitEncounters.com found that one in five of those asked have broken lockdown to have sex.
IllicitEncounters.com is a website for people who are looking to have an affair, so these findings are not representative of the rest of the population.
But, within this group at least, lockdown doesn’t seem to stopping lots of people from getting it on.
The survey found that the biggest group breaching the restrictions (48%) are couples who were in a relationship prior to lockdown but don’t live together.
22% are people who were cheating on their partners pre-lockdown and have carried on the affair;
8% who are breaking lockdown are people who have started a new affair during the crisis and have met up with a new partner for sex;
Out of those surveyed, more than half of those breaching the rules (61%) have sneaked to their partner’s house for sex – or other places including cars, parks and beaches.
A third (32%) have answered a late night ‘booty call’ and gone to their partner’s house specifically for sex.
The level of lockdown cheating was even higher amongst the under-30s with 38% admitting they had breached the rules by having sex.
Less than half those questioned (48%) said they felt guilty about breaking the restrictions.
Two-thirds (64%) said they would carry on breaking the rules and having sex as long as a full lockdown lasts.
But, given that this is a sample of people who use a website to look for affairs, this might not be that surprising.
Last week, Professor Neil Ferguson, 51, resigned from the Government’s SAGE committee after admitting meeting up with his married lover for secret trysts in breach of the rules.
IllicitEncounters.com sex and relationship expert Jessica Leoni said: ‘It is no surprise that one in five people [from the survey] have broken the lockdown for sex.
‘It is very easy to succumb to lust, particularly late at night when you have been communicating with a partner you were seeing pre-lockdown.
‘People flirt on Facetime or Zoom and then agree to meet up when passion gets the better of them. That is why we are seeing so many “booty calls” late at night – often fuelled by alcohol.
‘The rules are particularly hard on young people who are often in committed relationships but don’t live with their partners.’
Remember, if you do breach the lockdown restrictions, for any reason, you are putting the safety of yourself and your loved ones at risk.
The latest guidance says you are now allowed to meet one person from outside your household in an outdoor space – but you must stick to social distancing and stay two metres apart.
Source: Metro UK