Has COVID-19 affected your hobbies yet?
As the impact of the coronavirus begins to take hold of the way we interact with one another on a social and personal level, some groups are considering other ways their activities might be curtailed. One Twitter user who tweets on behalf of a spoof dogging group from a small UK market town, has recently hit the headlines and even been mentioned on the popular breakfast time TV show, Good Morning Britain.
In this feature, we take a look at a Tweet that went viral at the beginning of March in which dogging meets in Chesham were reportedly being suspended due to COVID-19.
Dogging Meets Cancelled in Chesham?
An announcement on the ‘official’ Chesham Dogging Twitter pages on March 2nd 2020 revealed that all future sex parties in the Buckinghamshire town were cancelled until further notice due to the Corona outbreak.
The Twitter account known as ‘Chesham Dogging’, which is run by the user @MickJon95058639, has been operating since July 2018 and the account’s administrator purports to ‘organise some of the biggest and best sex parties in Buckinghamshire and are dedicated to promoting dogging in the local area’.
The account has long had a small cult following for a few years but it wasn’t until the latest Tweets about the coronavirus that the group went (pardon the pun) viral.
“Due to the #CoronaOutbreak all of our parties have been cancelled until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Retweeted by over 2.2k Twitter users including some high-profile public figures like Piers Morgan, Caitlin Moran and Owen Jones, most people have been able to see the funny side of this topical Tweet. However, the parody is lost on some people who have responded to the Tweet to condemn the practice:
“You’re a disgrace to the county of Buckinghamshire…”
“Why don’t you simply live as actual dogs on all-fours, given that you have the consciousness of farmyard creatures? Stop trying to normalise disgusting practices”
The Chesham Dogging Society: ‘Sex In The Chilterns’
Whilst it is not known if dogging in Chesham is particularly extensive of not, there has been some tongue-in-cheek media coverage over the last few years.
In August 2018, Milk Media released an ‘exclusive interview’ via YouTube with one local member of the ‘Chesham Dogging Society’. The six-minute spoof video reveals some ‘shocking secrets’ about one man’s experience of sharing his wife in the open air and how the pair came to be caught up in this local craze.
‘Mick’ first got into dogging after he stumbled across a couple in a parked car playing ‘hide the salami’. Mentioning it to his wife ‘in passing’ who said ‘she might like to give it a try’ as their ‘telly was broke’ and they ‘didn’t have anything better to do in the evenings’.
Hooked from the off, the anonymised voice of ‘Mick’ goes on to explain that it’s all a bit of ‘harmless fun’.
Of course, this piece is a bit of a leg-pull and the Twitter account itself has a history of having a sense of humour, including tweeting to find a publisher for erotic fiction written about Teresa Mary and Jeremy Corbyn and regular digs at the Eastenders actor Steve McFadden who, it was claimed, is a dogging pervert.
Since the tweet about cancelling regular meetings, Chesham Dogging’s account has blown up with hundreds more topical messages on the subject of the coronavirus.
The Coronavirus: Advice
Of course, the coronavirus outbreak itself is no joke and global communities recognise the need for drastic action to manage public health responses to this pandemic. The current advice issued by the UK Government is under constant review but a summary of the guidelines can be found under the Public Health England website.
Current safety measures include:
- Wash your hands more often than usual for a period of 20 seconds using soap and hot water. This is particularly important after you have been coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose;
- Use a tissue when you sneeze or cough to help reduce the spread of germs. Bin the tissue after use and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect objects that you touch regularly including touchscreens on phones and other devices.
- Self-isolate if you experience symptoms of the coronavirus; these include a high temperature, a persistent cough and/or shortness of breath. You should only seek medical assistance if your symptoms do not improve after seven days of self-isolation or worsen.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 70 then you may wish to limit the amount of social contact you have and take extra precautions to prevent infection.
Stay updated with the latest government advice on how to protect yourself by checking the NHS COVID-19 pages.