British lawmakers and parliamentary staff have been “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings inside the House of Commons chamber to reduce the chance of CCP virus infections.
The Commission also recommended reducing the total number of seats in the Chamber to 50, including the Speaker and officials, and establishing a stricter one-way system into and out of the Chamber.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Commons Speaker and chair of the Commission, said the measures were necessary “as the country moves into a critical stage during the crisis.”
“Ideally, everyone should be working remotely, but for MPs and staff who have to come on to the parliamentary estate, these measures will help keep everyone as safe as possible,” he said.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics showed that around one in 30 people in London have been infected with the virus.
Under the lockdown rules, people may only leave home for limited reasons, such as to shop for essentials, to work if one absolutely cannot work from home, to exercise, to seek medical assistance, or to escape domestic abuse.
Since the pandemic began last spring, four MPs are known to have received hospital treatment for the CCP virus.