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Sex outdoors: the truth about what you CAN and CANNOT do around Crawley despite council leaders objections

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Despite the lockdown rules not allowing for two or more people to get together from different households for a bit of ‘rumpy pumpy’ inside, the same rules do not apply outdoors – BUT the advice is that you should still be keeping a distance of 2 metres away from people who are not in your household.

So sex with someone NOT in your household is basically off the books for the time being altogether.

But what about when the rules change? What if you want to go and have some fun outdoors for example, is that even allowed?

The simple answer, which may not be popular to some, is yes but there are caveates.

There is no specific law that stops someone from having sex outdoors but there are laws about public decency and in particular Outraging Public Decency.

If a couple were to engage in some adult fun within a public park, but ensured they were well hidden and not able to be seen, then there is no specific law preventing them from doing this. This is because to cause a public indecency offence the people involved would have to be intentionally exposing themselves and not being seen by accident.

Of course, if they were discovered by someone they would have to immediately stop and if they were found by a police officer then they would probably be moved on. BUT potentially no law would have been broken.

This changes in regard to public toilets where this is a specific law about engaging in sex. This is against the law and you could find yourself in magistrates court if you were caught with either a fine or up to 6 months in prison.

BUT if the same couple were seen by two or more people they could be committing the offence of Outraging Public Decency – where it is an offence to commit an act of lewd, obscene and disgusting nature, which is capable of outraging public decency in a public place and where at least two or more members of the public who were present at the time could have seen it.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said:

“We would advise people to follow the current coronavirus guidance from the government.

Outside of that guidance if anyone was found to be committing an offence of outraging public decency they could face prosecution.”

At this time of lockdown, despite the rules beginning to relax, there is still a need to maintain a 2 metre distance from people not in your household and police do have the ability to fine people who do not obey the rules (although technically not about keeping the 2 metre distance) starting with a £100 fine (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days).

But Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb is certainly against anyone having sex in any of the towns parks saying:

“People should not be having sex in public parks. There is a risk of vulnerable adults or children being exposed to their activity. I would hope the law on this would change in the near future.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus cases jump 200% in one week across Crawley

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On Monday 14th Sept the new “rule of six” comes into force across England with news breaking today that children under 12 will not be exempt from it.

The new rules mean people are limited to meeting in groups no larger than six people both indoors and outdoors.

The rule ‘could’ potentially be coming slightly too late as new figures for Crawley reveal a 200% jump in recorded cases in just one week.

People need to realise the harm it can do you without putting you directly in hospital

Data from the UK public health bodies shows that in last week (2nd – 8th Sept) there were 15 NEW cases reported in Crawley. This number does not seem a lot but when compared to the week(s) before it shows a dramatic jump.

In only the previous week there were only 5 new cases reported, with 4 separate days reporting no cases at all.

But in the past week this figure jumped with 8 reported in one day alone.

So far the worst single day for reported cases in Crawley was back on the 28th April when 19 cases were reported in a day.

To date, since recording began there have been 502 cases, with 77 of these resulting in death.

As more parts of the UK are also having to deal with stricter lock down restrictions Crawley remains below the national average of cases per 100,000 at 13. The national average is currently 18.

The towns neighbour, Horsham, saw an even greater rise of 360% with 23 cases reported between 2-8 Sept.

Across the UK an additional 3.497 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, an increase of 36% on the same day a week ago, taking the total to 365,174.

A local doctor, who asked to remain anonymous, said her and her colleagues were very worried about how too many people were downplaying the risk of infection.

“I hear every day some people talking about how the number of people in hospital through Covid are so low so we shouldn’t worry about the number of cases increasing – but we should. People need to realise the harm it can do you without putting you directly in hospital.”

But questions on how the new rules will be enforced are still not clear with new statements released from the Police that talk about ‘engaging, encouraging and explaining’ before even considering taking any action.

A source close to Sussex Police has told Crawley News 24 that there is both confusion and dismay within the ranks about who and how officers are going to contend with issues of larger groups than allowed meeting up, while juggling the increase of daily issues that are returning since the full lockdown.

Another source said they were awaiting a full outline of what powers the police really will have on Monday (14th Sept) before officers would be given full guidance on what they should do.

Sussex Police told Crawley News 24:

“As we start to see a rise in infections it is vitally important that we all follow the regulations and restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Everyone has a role to play limiting the outbreak by following the regulations, including those about gatherings which will be limited to six people both indoors and outside when the new legislation comes into force on Monday 14 September.

People need to take personal responsibility for their actions, in particular during this heath emergency, and this includes adhering to the latest government guidance.

Sussex Police will continue its approach of engaging, encouraging and explaining the current regulations and only taking enforcement action when necessary. “

Only 1 week after schools reopen, a couple of weeks after a house party alarmed residents in the town, (and Crawley Council confirming they were investigating the event), and new rules coming into force, all eyes will now be set to see just how well the town responds to the new measures and whether the rise is just a ‘blip’ or if it is a sign of a returning rise.

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