April 10, 2020

Temperature checks for UK MPs as they return to work

The UK parliament is set to open after the Easter recess with MPs facing screening and temperature checks as they enter the house of commons.

It is expected that only a limited number of MPs will come in to the chamber to maintain social distancing measure put in place. For the fist time in its 700 year history, video conferencing will be used in the UK Parliament.

According to ‘The Sunday Times’, Sir Lindsay Hoyle the Speaker of the House of Commons, has discussed the idea of a temperature test with Public Health England as he wanted to screen people to “check they are fit and well” after a number of MPs and ministers, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johns were tested positive for Covid-19.

“By initiating a hybrid solution, with steps towards an entirely virtual Parliament, we are enabling Members to stay close to their communities, while continuing their important work scrutinising the government,” said Hoyle.

This will set a good example for other organisations and businesses to implement screening and temperature monitoring to reduce the spread of the corona virus.

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