NA examines anti-COVID-19 measures

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 10, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser, Tuesday, ordered to maintain the principle of social distancing, by making newer seating arrangement, in order to minimise the chances of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to an official statement, NA speaker Qaiser visited the NA assembly hall, to examine the seating arrangements for the ongoing session and ordered for making new seating arrangement.

The additional secretary (legislation) apprised the speaker that as per new seating arrangements, seats in the hall have been placed at a distance of two meters.

He brief that the visitor’s galleries will remain closed during the sittings of the assembly with minimum presence of the secretariat staff.

Regarding the presence of media in the press gallery, he was apprised that the same principle had been observed while making the seating arrangement and that the NA media cards will be issued as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) jointly developed by NA and senate secretariats, ministry of information and parliamentary reporters association.

It was informed that staff tested negative for coronavirus will be deputed to perform the duties in the hall during the session.

The speaker expressed his satisfaction at the new seating arrangement, however, directed for disinfection of the assembly hall, chambers and offices on daily basis.

He also ordered for making mandatory for all to wear face masks and follow health guidelines and the SOPs in order to minimise the spread of the contagious disease.