Cleaners in hazmat suits descended upon the House of Commons to give it an “extra cleaning” due to a coronavirus scare. This comes after six Conservative MPs and Boris Johnson have been placed in self-isolation following a breakfast meeting inside Downing Street last week. Deputy Speaker Dame Rosalie Winterton broke the news to the MPs present in the Commons at the time.
She told the House: “I’m going to suspend the House for a short time, probably for five or ten minutes, to allow some extra cleaning to take place.
“If Honourable and Right Honourable members could leave the chamber please?
“And others in the chamber as well so that that cleaning could take place?”
After her announcement, MPs could be seen rising from their socially distanced seats to exit the chamber.
ITV journalist Paul Brand reported: “One MP says staff in hazmat suits have been in to the Commons cleaning the benches tonight with concerns about Covid-19 spreading in Parliament, given recent events.”
PA journalist Sophie Morris also added: “Someone in a hazmat suit has cleaned the front benches. Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said Parliament is “Covid-safe” *checks notes* 90 minutes ago.
“Should say it was more of a Silent Witness-esque suit – they wore normal face masks rather than the breathing apparatus.”
A Commons spokesperson has said in response: “A precautionary clean of the House of Commons chamber was carried out as part of our standard COVID-19 cleaning provision.”
Safety has once again become a huge issue in Parliament due to the self-isolation of many members, including Boris Johnson.
Tory MP Lee Anderson tested positive for the virus following the breakfast at Number 10.
As a result, the Prime Minister was instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
Mr Johnson insists that he has no symptoms at the moment and has been feeling well.
His official spokesman added that Downing Street is “Covid-secure”.