Dutch government advising singles to find 'sex buddy' during COVID-19

Culture 18/05/2020

The Dutch have criticised their government for a lack of sex advice for singles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the critics have since been answered with some startling new guidance.

The Netherlands, home to capital Amsterdam's Red Light district, has been more relaxed than their European neighbours when it comes to social distancing, allowing small gatherings as long as distancing was observed.

Now, the Dutch government has issued new advice to single people keen to get intimate during the pandemic, recommending they find a “sex buddy.”

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) says an arrangement with one other person should be made. RIVM says, “it makes sense that as a single [person] you also want to have physical contact.”

“Discuss how best to do this together. For example, meet with the same person to have physical or sexual contact (for example, a cuddle buddy or ‘sex 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) the coronavirus.”

“Sex with yourself or with others at a distance is possible,” it adds.

Last week the Netherlands began their five-phase lockdown exit plan, starting by allowing the reopening of libraries, hairdressers, nail bars, beauticians, massage salons and places providing occupational therapy.