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Couples could ‘test’ their romance by living together during lockdown

Getting closer: Couples could move in PICTURE: ALAMY

COUPLES with separate homes should consider moving in together to circumvent restrictions on leaving the house, according to government advice.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that during the pandemic, contact with people not living in the same household should be conducted at least two metres apart.

Yesterday deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said these rules also apply to non-cohabiting partners, who could pass on the virus if they continued to visit each other at their respective homes.

She suggested couples could ‘test the strength of their relationship’ and move in together while the clampdown on movement was in place.

Dr Harries added: ‘If living in separate households then ideally they should stay in those households. What we do not want is people switching in and out of households.

‘It defeats the purpose of the reductions in social interactions and will allow the transmission of disease.’