The Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has announced that in light of COVID-19 situations, visitors would not be permitted to enter into the Chamber of the house.
The Suame MP also said that the house will now sit twice a week to help avoid the spread of the virus across the Chamber.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said in his submission of parliamentary preparation for next week’s business plan for Parliament.
“Following the results received from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for the Covid-19 testing carried out in Parliament, there is the need for further precautions to avert the spread of the disease. Leadership have agreed that the House sits only twice a week, the majority leader said.
“Again, the directive has been given that beginning next week, Members of Parliament will not be allowed to bring their visitors to the House; the same directive goes to the staff. And we want to restate the fact that, the public would also not be allowed into the public gallery to observe proceedings in the House,” he added.
This week, COVID–19 tests on parliamentarians, 15 MPs and 56 staff members of the parliamentary service tests were stated positive by the Noguchi Memorial Institute.
“Parliament is therefore taking steps to test the households of the thirteen members of staff and the 356 staff in order to avert re-infection upon their return from self-isolation and treatment,” a section of the statement said.
“In consultation with leadership and the clerk, I have decided to implement the following measures to curb the further spread of the virus.
“The house will from next week sit twice a week. That is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Only members of parliament and members of staff who are needed for the business of the house on those days will be allowed in the precinct of parliament from next week. This excluded members and staff who have tested positive,” it added.
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