Commons installs plexiglass to protect pages as MPs accused of ignoring physical distancing rules

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The House of Commons is installing new plexiglass barriers by Monday because pages are reporting that MPs have been flouting COVID-19 pandemic public health rules, CBC News has learned. According to an internal Commons administration email obtained by CBC News, some pages have expressed concerns about their health and their families’ safety because some MPs and staffers are not physically distancing from others while their face masks are off in the lobbies — the lounges on Parliament Hill where MPs can hold meetings or grab food while monitoring events inside the Commons chamber next door. “Specifically, some members and staff who are not wearing masks are sometimes in close proximity to you when you are posted in the lobbies.”