Dutch officials suggested singles in the Netherlands find a “sex buddy” or “cuddle buddy” to ride out quarantine with – provided that both partners were free of illness.
The Netherlands’ unique “intelligent lockdown” allows up to three guests to visit households – so long as they keep a 1.5-meter (or, roughly five-foot) distance.
This poses a unique problem for Dutch singles sticking out the lockdown with no permanent sexual partner, official Dutch guidance acknowledged.
According to The Guardian’s and the BBC’s translation, the official guidance recently stated that “it makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact” so the sex buddy amendment was made to the “intelligent lockdown” rules.
As of May 16, the “sex buddy” guidance was no longer listed on the Dutch government’s website, though it did urge singles to “minimize the risk of the coronavirus during intimacy and sex and “please observe the rules surrounding the new coronavirus.”