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Melburnians can break coronavirus blockage to visit a partner even if they live more than 3 miles away

Melburnians WILL visit their friend even if they live more than 3 miles away – despite the call to introduce a ‘bonk ban’

  • Melbourne is in phase four of a pandemic ending, including a curfew
  • Couples who live separately can visit each other even if they are more than 5 km away
  • Only applies to intimate partners because all other guests are not allowed to visit
  • An expert believes that those looking for casual contacts can abuse the loophole

Melburnians who don’t live with their partner are assured that they can still visit each other at their home as the city enters a new strict lock from Sunday night.

The city will enter phase four from 8:00 PM after Victoria has registered 671 new cases of coronavirus and seven deaths.

A curfew for Melburnians is forced not to leave their home between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM unless they are working or providing care.

During the day, they are only allowed to shop and exercise within a radius of five kilometers around their home.

While visitors to homes are also banned, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews insists that partners who don’t live under the same roof can visit each other even if they live more than three miles apart.

Couples living separately can still visit each other at their home under Melbourne's fourth shutdown. Depicted is a couple spending time together in the Botanical Gardens on July 26

Couples living separately can still visit each other at their home under Melbourne’s fourth shutdown. Depicted is a couple spending time together in the Botanical Gardens on July 26

“The arrangements regarding intimate partners have not changed,” said Mr. Andrews.

‘The agreements on shared authority have not changed.

“Things like five-kilometer rules and reasons for leaving your home don’t apply in those circumstances.”

Dr. Lauren Rosewarne, a social expert from Melbourne University, however, fears it could create a loophole for people looking for casual hookups.

There are fears that singles seeking an informal connection may make use of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other's homes. Picture is a couple from Melbourne on July 26

There are fears that singles seeking an informal connection may make use of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other's homes. Picture is a couple from Melbourne on July 26

There are fears that singles seeking an informal connection may make use of a loophole that allows intimate partners to visit each other’s homes. Picture is a couple from Melbourne on July 26

“If you see a different person every night of the week, you might as well have been at a party … it’s a gray area, because what determines ‘partner’?” she told the Herald Sun..

“It’s not necessarily a boyfriend-girlfriend situation and we definitely use that phrase ‘sexual partner’ … so there is a clear loophole for people who want to hook up. I would also say … sex is, like no other, a driver of human behavior. ‘

She added that while most Melburnians did the right thing, she believes that some singles active in dating apps like Tinder, eHarmony and Bumble can take advantage of the exceptions for couples who live separately.

An expert called for discussion of the word 'partner' when Melbourne closed at 4pm on Sunday evening. Depicted is a couple from Melbourne wearing face masks

An expert called for discussion of the word 'partner' when Melbourne closed at 4pm on Sunday evening. Depicted is a couple from Melbourne wearing face masks

An expert called for discussion of the word ‘partner’ when Melbourne closed at 4pm on Sunday evening. Depicted is a couple from Melbourne wearing face masks

“But I think we need some discussion around this word ‘partner’ … how long do you need to know each other … because there are those who clearly take liberties with the word,” said Dr. Rosewarne.

eHarmony told the publication that it encourages daters to follow government social distance guidelines, while Tinder sends its users a COVID warning message when they join the app.

“While every day brings new challenges, we are inspired by the number of people who turn to Tinder to connect … although we take distance to prevent the spread of the virus, we don’t break the connection,” said a spokesman for Tinder.

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