Canadian government encourages the use of glory holes to stop spread of COVID-19

woman peering trhrough glory hole
"Barriers, like walls (eg: glory holes), allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact". Photo credit: Getty.

It would be fair to say the New Zealand Government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic up there with the best in the world. But if you're interested in some of the most unusual advice from a government body, look to Canada. 

The Canadian government released a 16-page safety document online this week on how to best avoid the spread of coronavirus after lockdown. 

One of its most notable tips? To use glory holes when having sex. 

The British Colombian Centre for Disease Control advises that when partaking casual sex during the pandemic, people utilise "barriers, like walls (eg: glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact". 

The advice gained international headlines when Toronto reporter Kamil Karamali tweeted a screenshot of the document. 

"The BC Centre for Disease Control is recommending using 'glory holes' to practice safe sex during the pandemic - and I just want to know if this is a common thing people have in their homes," he captioned the tweet, which happily led to the term "glory holes" trending on Twitter. 

If you're confused as to what a glory hole is, Wikipedia describes it as "a hole in a thin partition, such as a wall, often between public lavatory cubicles or adult video arcade booths and lounges, for people to engage in sexual activity".

The government website also recommends wearing a face covering or mask during sex, washing sex toys thoroughly with soap and water, and opting to simply masturbate as "you are your safest sex partner".