NYC Health Dept Says Think Outside the Box with Sex During the Pandemic (Like, Maybe a 'Glory Hole?)

Friday June 12, 2020

"Sex is a normal part of life and should always be with the consent of all parties," reads the first sentence of a three-page document called "Safer Sex and COVID-19," released this past Monday by the New York City Department of Health.

But how does someone navigate having sex during the pandemic?

The updated advisory has some novel ideas for minimizing the risk of contracting the novel virus.

Among its new recommendations "are masks, glory holes, and Zoom orgies," reports BuzzFeed News.

"Wear a face covering or mask," the report reads. "Maybe it's your thing, maybe it's not, but during COVID-19 wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth is a good way to add a layer of protection during sex. Heavy breathing and panting can spread the virus further, and if you or your partner have COVID-19 and don't know it, a mask can help stop that spread."

They also suggest thinking outside the box.

"Make it a little kinky. Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact."

In other words, a glory hole.

"It also warns against sex with 'anyone outside your household' and advises that, well, 'the next safest partner is someone you live with,'" the BuzzFeed News continues.

Amongst shunned sexual practices are rimming. "Virus in feces may enter your mouth and could lead to infection," reads the guidelines. Adding "Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva, semen or feces during oral or anal sex."

The safest sex, the document recommends, is masturbation. The next safest partner is someone you live with. If you choose to have sex with someone outside your immediate circle, ask them about COVID-19 beforehand.

And avoid groups. "Large gatherings of any type are not safe during COVID-19. Close contact with multiple people should be avoided." But if you do decide to have sex with a number of people at once, stay with a consistent sex partner; wear a mask; avoid kissing, do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and choose a large, open, ventilated space.

It also suggests if you are not feeling well, don't have sex; and to maintain HIV prevention methods at all times.

On Twitter, many praised the city for its upfront guidelines.

While some summed up the guidelines more succinctly:

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