Sir Lindsay suggested the exception should be when MPs are called to speak. People on the parliamentary estate have been encouraged to wear masks in recent months, although the Speaker’s words go a step further in pressing MPs to wear a face-covering in the chamber. The number of MPs on the floor of the House has been limited to 50 during the COVID-19 pandemic, with others contributing virtually via Zoom.
Opening business, Sir Lindsay told the Commons: “Can I just say to members, wherever possible please try and wear masks all the time, apart from obviously when we’re speaking.
“So please bear that in mind.”
Most MPs could be seen wearing masks during housing, communities and local government questions.
Previously, debates had been carried out without requiring masks to be worn.
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