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Commission outlines new Commons measures ahead of lockdown

2 November 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to introduce a four-week lockdown in England from Thursday, the House of Commons Commission met today to discuss further steps to keep Members, their staff and House staff safe.

With the support of Public Health England, the House of Commons Commission agreed that from Thursday:

  • Members should not bring staff on to the estate, except those supporting front bench duties
  • Staff employed by the House should continue to work remotely where possible. Some Members and key parliamentary staff are still required to work on the Estate to enable the House to continue to fulfil its important constitutional role. As Parliament is a workplace it is important that those who work here continue to have access to adequate canteen facilities. The House of Commons Commission is reviewing which of its outlets should remain open – and whether access points to the estate should be limited. Further details will be published later. 


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