The Speaker of the House of Commons pleaded with MPs to continue wearing face coverings and “not to push the limits for fun” following the easing of restrictions in England.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle told the chamber he was “very concerned” after a “large number” of people were contacted to isolate.
Unions representing Parliament-based staff have already written to the President urging him to reconsider the post-July 19 guidelines, in which politicians will be encouraged to wear a mask but will not be required to wear one.
However, it is compulsory for estate personnel to continue to wear blanket.
Responding to the unions, Sir Lindsay said last week that there was “no meaningful way” for him to force MPs to wear face coverings from Monday.
Sir Lindsay, making a statement at the start of the procedure on Monday, said: “With the levels of infection increasing in the community and people needing to self-isolate, I strongly advise everyone on the field to wear coveralls. faces as they move around, assessing eating places and in areas they consider crowded, including the bedroom.
“We have four sitting days before the House rises.
“I really want us to behave safely, responsibly, during these few days.
“None of us want to risk bringing Covid back to our families, staff or constituents and I am sure we want everyone who works on the estate to feel safe and secure the continued business of this house.
“I have to say that we certainly have a large number of people who have been contacted, so I am very concerned about the outcome.
“Four days later, I want us all to have a good break and enjoy our vacation, so I hope we take this seriously and don’t push the limits for the sake of it.”
Most of the MPs in the uncrowded room wore masks at the start of questions from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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