We all got a little chuckle at British Columbia's expense this week as its provincial health authority, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, recommended that people use "barriers such as glory holes" to have safe sexual activity during the pandemic.
If you're unsure of what a glory hole is, head to your Google search, I'll wait. Back already? Well, functional use aside, we wondered whether or not Quebec would recommend a similar safe sex method.
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The short answer: a definitive "no."
Though Quebec's health authorities are no fun at all, they don't completely discourage people from having sexy times.
"If the sexual partners live under the same roof and neither of them has to follow the isolation guidelines, there is no restriction on having sex," the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) said.
"With other people and sexual partners, it is recommended to respect the health recommendations for everyone."
Things get complicated if you're not living with your partner, however. Health authorities still recommend staying two metres away and avoiding all sexual activity despite you two being together.
"This instruction applies to all sexual partners who do not live under the same roof, whether they are new partners, casual or regular partners."
In a statement to MTL Blog, the MSSS explained that according to how the virus is trending, the most common way to contract it is through air droplets if someone coughs or sneezes around you.
"It can also be spread through infected hands that are brought to the mouth, nose or eyes after contact with an infected person or surface," says the ministry.
"Transmission through contaminated surfaces or objects is possible but is not the main mode of transmission."
Though it's not sex itself that's dangerous, clarified the MSSS.
"It is a physical proximity that is involved in contamination, not the sexual act itself."
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Whether or not people are following the MSSS's recommendations on sexual activity is unknown to the ministry.
"The current environment is exceptional and it is difficult to obtain valid assumptions," they explain.
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So before you go install a glory hole somewhere, consider yours and your partner's lifestyle.
And if you're living together and both of you have no symptoms, feel free to go wild, kids.