New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins has given the nation “a reason to laugh” after giving some x-rated health advice on the Delta outbreak.

Mr Hipkins was caught in his hilarious blunder while reminding people of the strict COVID-19 restrictions.

His humorous moment saw him telling the nation they should social distance when they go outside to “spread their legs”.

“It is a challenge for people in high density areas to get outside and spread their legs when they are surrounded by other people,” he accidentally told reporters at the live press conference on Sunday.

He meant to say “stretch their legs”.

The blunder wasn’t forgotten by Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield, who raised an eyebrow and smirked seconds later.

Hipkins realised his embarrassing error, and said that the media “would all have fun with him later”.

The mistake has given some heavily-needed comedic relief for New Zealanders who are currently in the midst of a nationwide lockdown.

“Spread your legs, not the virus!” one person took to Twitter to share.

“When Jacinda takes a break and leaves it to the boys..” another added.

Mr Hipkins later responded on his official Facebook page, saying “at least I’ve given you all something to laugh about.”

This article first appeared on Over60.