According to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) the use of glory holes is a safer option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the topic of steps to protect yourself on the BCCDC website, health officials say the use of glory holes as a barrier is one way of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as it limits face-to-face contact.
It also recommends the use of face coverings as things get hot and heavy. During sex there is an increased chance of creating more droplets that potentially spread the virus.
Keeping to one or a few regular sex partners is also recommended and keep kissing to a minimum, and be aware of social distancing particularly if you or your partner mixes with people who have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk.
Helpfully, the Canadian health organisation recommends first and foremost masturbating (yourself) is the safest, but if you bring a partner along you should jerk them off from a safe social distance.
The BCCDC also recommends virtual sex as an alternative recommending, “video dates, phone chats, sexting, online chat rooms and group cam rooms are ways to engage in sexual activity with no chance of spreading COVID-19.”