scorecardSan Francisco's monthly non-sexual cuddle party for March has been canceled after the city urges practicing 'social distancing' amid the coronavirus outbreak
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San Francisco's monthly non-sexual cuddle party for March has been canceled after the city urges practicing 'social distancing' amid the coronavirus outbreak

Katie Canales   

San Francisco's monthly non-sexual cuddle party for March has been canceled after the city urges practicing 'social distancing' amid the coronavirus outbreak
LifeScience1 min read
  • San Francisco's non-sexual cuddle party for the month of March has been canceled over coronavirus concerns.
  • These are gatherings held in the city that feature human touch and consent as part of a larger trend called organized intimacy that aims to provide a connection when there otherwise is none.
  • The canceled event is one of the latest as the city prepares to contain the virus that has already been confirmed to have infected two people.
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The coronavirus outbreak means that shaking hands is a no-no and "social distancing" has become a vital new habit.

And for regulars of one monthly San Francisco gathering, the impact of the outbreak is striking especially close to home: San Francisco's non-sexual cuddle party has been canceled.

The organizer of the Cuddle Party organization's San Francisco branch, Dr. Yoni Alkan, told Business Insider that the next scheduled cuddle party, slated for Saturday, March 14, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Alkan said the March event is the only one to be canceled "for now" in an effort to follow the city's recommendation to avoid mass gatherings and practice social distancing.

These events are intimate, non-sexual gatherings lasting three to four hours where strangers meet, practice consent, and enjoy human touch at an undisclosed private venue in San Francisco's Richmond District. They're part of a trend in the city known as organized intimacy and are generally held once a month, with around 30 people typically in attendance.




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