A “non-sexual Cuddle Party” scheduled to take place on Saturday in San Francisco was cancelled over fears of the coronavirus.
The monthly Cuddle Party event was set to take place on Saturday the 14th, but was shut down due to the new attitudes with “social distancing” that are being implemented due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Yoni Alkan, the “cuddle facilitator” who organised the San Francisco event, told Business Insider it is the only worldwide one to be shut down “for now.”
The events, which take place worldwide, are billed as a “playful social event designed for adults to explore communication, boundaries and affection”:
You can come to a Cuddle Party to meet new people, to enjoy amazing conversations, to touch, to be touched, to have fun, to practice asking for what you want, to practice saying “no” to what you don’t want — all in a setting structured to be a safe place for exploration and enjoyment. You can even come to a Cuddle Party just to cuddle!
Rules include wearing pyjamas throughout the event, asking before touching someone else, and keeping the area clean and tidy. Around 30-40 people regularly participate in the three to four hour events, which take place in an undisclosed location in the Richmond District of the city.
In 2018, the co-founder of the Cuddle Party, Reid Mihalko, was forced to step down after it was alleged he “coerced a women into sexual acts” in 2009. Mihalko subsequently issued a public apology, and had his licence as a “cuddle facilitator” revoked.
National File reported earlier this week that Reddit users were complaining that the coronavirus is making cuckoldry more difficult. One user said he struggled to find a public place to spend time while his wife was being “satisifed” by a third party.