The European Parliament will make it mandatory for MEPs and staff to wear face masks and have their temperature checked before entering its buildings.
The measures are part of a plan on easing coronavirus restrictions drawn up by Klaus Welle, the Parliaments secretary-general. The plans were sent to senior MEPs on April 22 in an internal note, seen by POLITICO. They were approved by President David Sassoli and other senior MEPs on Monday as the assembly prepares for an increase in MEPs coming back to Brussels as their countries begin to ease lockdowns. No official date was given for the introduction of the new measures.
Welles plan calls for “obligatory wearing of community masks for everybody (including in Parliaments official cars) except when being alone in the office,” as well as “mandatory checks of body temperature at all Parliament entrances.”
In March, the Parliament took a number of measures to deal with the pandemic, including banning visitors and advising MEPs to work remotely. Those measures will be in place until this Thursday.