Temperature screening introduced in Parliament

MPs and staff entering Parliament House will be undergoing temperature screening in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with those found to have a fever prevented entry.

Parliament agreed on these measures in a meeting at the Speaker’s office ahead of today’s parliamentary sitting. A legal provision which criminalises any attempt to obstruct MPs from entering Parliament is being suspended to allow the measures to be implemented.

MPs who are refused entry due to a high temperature will be considered excused.

Speaker Anġlu Farrugia advised only MPs who were participating in the debate should stay in the chamber during the sitting, so that MPs could keep their distance from each other.

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