MADRID, November 2 (European press) –
UK health authorities asked MPs to wear a mask in Parliament on Tuesday and banned guided visits, after COVID-19 infections recovered in facilities and as the pandemic situation returned across the country.
A parliamentary spokesperson explained to the BBC that “the recent increase in COVID-19 across the country (…) is also reflected in Parliament”.
However, the authorities cannot compel MPs to wear a mask, although the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, and unions representing Parliament employees have encouraged them to do so.
For the latter and for journalists, among others who carry out their work in these facilities, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has mandated mask use on a mandatory basis and respect for social distance.
According to the Sky News series, the UKHSA has indicated that the adoption of the restrictions has immediate effect and the policy will be reviewed within two weeks.
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