Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

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The leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt, has gone into isolation, and Parliament House has reintroduced COVID-19 security measures after an employee from MP was tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday. Speaker Andrew Wallace and Senate President Slade Brockman decided to reintroduce restrictions from Sunday until further notice, based on advice from health officials. The building was immediately closed to the public on Saturday, the same day it was to reopen to visitors for the first time after four months of closure. It comes as another presumed Omicron case was identified in ACT. A statement from the Department of Parliament Services called on the building’s workers to work externally if possible, including public servants, politicians and members of the press gallery. “After discussions with Commonwealth and ACT Health officials, the President has decided that temporary and precautionary health and safety measures will be reintroduced in the House of Commons from Sunday 5 December until further notice. into the building. Where work can be done from home, it should be done. ” Parliament ended Thursday last week, with many politicians leaving Canberra for the year. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Visitors to the Houses of Parliament will only be logged in for important meetings, and will have to sign up again if they have subsequent meetings in another office. Face masks will again be mandatory and unnecessary services will also be closed. The Parliament shop, which was reopened during the last part-session of the year, will close again, as will all sitting dining areas and the building’s health and leisure center. These returned restrictions will remain indefinitely as the situation is monitored. The building was immediately closed to the public after a fully vaccinated employee from the Greens’ party leader Adam Bandt was tested positive against COVID on Saturday. Close contacts and points of exposure in the Parliament building and elsewhere in the ACT between 30 November and 2 December were examined. On Saturday, the Greens issued a statement saying it was an employee of the party leader. “A fully vaccinated employee on Adam Bandt’s team, who was in Canberra last week, has today [Saturday] tested positive for COVID, “the Greens said in a statement.” They are currently working with ACT Health to determine if they were contagious while in Canberra. “Other members of the team have been tested and have given negative results.” Bandt has been tested and isolates until he receives a result. He is fully vaccinated and not symptomatic. “Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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