Matt Hancock was seen breaking social distancing guidelines simply moments earlier than becoming a member of Boris Johnson for Prime Minister’s Questions.
The well being secretary walked as much as a colleague in the primary Commons chamber – straight right into a taped space exhibiting the place MPs ought to keep away from to keep up the 2 metre distance mandated by authorities coronavirus guidelines.
Mr Hancock was seen on digicam placing his hand on the opposite MP’s shoulder, with the pair standing inches aside for round 10 seconds.
They’re joined by one other MP standing in a line filling the width of the pathway, earlier than the primary MP Mr Hancock encountered steps again, prompting the cupboard minister to sidestep in the direction of the second MP.
He then retreats to the opposite facet of the walkway.
Simply minutes later, Mr Hancock went to take a seat on the frontbench to take heed to Mr Johnson take questions from opposition leaders and backbenchers.
The encounter comes regardless of strict measures which might be in place in parliament, designed to make sure MPs can socially distance within the chamber throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
NHS steerage tells folks to “keep a minimum of two metres (three steps) away from anybody you don’t stay with (or anybody not in your help bubble) when outdoors your own home”.
The Well being and Security Govt additionally tells workers: “In your office you could observe, the place doable, the social distancing steerage.”
An announcement from the Commons authorities stated: “The Home’s precedence is to make sure that these on the property are secure whereas enterprise is facilitated.
“Considerations about social distancing pointers not being adopted can be taken critically.
“Everybody on the Parliamentary Property has a duty to stick to the steerage, and extra workers are readily available to remind folks of the principles.”