Socializing, Hooking Up and Sex

Socializing and Seeing Friends:

Getting together with others is important to our wellbeing. There are actions you can take to reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 or passing it on to your friends and family. 

  • Fewer faces, bigger spaces – think of this when deciding who should be in your social group and how you want to spend time together. Meeting outside in open spaces is safer than indoors.
  • Physical distancing is always important when you are with people outside of your immediate “bubble.” Keeping a physical distance is the most effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid spending time in person if someone is feeling unwell – If any member of your household or social group is sick, or thinks they might be sick, they should not be spending time, in person, with others. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested and follow self-isolation guidelines. 
  • Wash your hands often – this is one of the best ways to stay healthy, along with not touching your face. 
  • Sharing food – If you share food, have people use their own serving utensils and avoid shared finger foods like chips, unless served directly from the package to each person individually (you can use small bowls to do this!) 
  • Disinfect things that lots of people might touch – like doorknobs, faucets, doorbells, elevator buttons (check with your building manager if you live in an apartment or condo), light switches, etc. 
  • Keep a record of the people you spend time with – in the event someone does get COVID-19, knowing who you spent time with and having their contact information on hand will help public health get in touch quickly to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others in your community including those who are more likely to experience severe illness. 

Remember – the more space you have, and the less time you spend together, the safer you are! 

Having Sex and Staying Safe:

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We know that there might be some awkwardness and judgement around hooking up right now, but it’s important to continue to seek sexual health services, such as testing, accessing PEP and PrEP when needed.