PARLIAMENT is expected to ban visitors within days as fears grow over the coronavirus.
The House of Commons Commission met this morning and decided against closing Parliament despite the growing number of cases.
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Instead, visitors could be heavily restricted “within the next week”, with Boris Johnson and Cobra to guide any future decision.
Those tipped to miss out because of the illness include foreign dignitaries, kids on school trips and those attending parties and dinners on the estate.
In a joint statement from the Commissions of the House of Lords and House of Commons, they said: “There are no plans to suspend Parliament.
“We continue to act entirely in line with the advice of Public Health England and the Speakers and political leadership of both Houses are keeping the situation under constant review.”
A short time later Mr Hancock also ruled it shutting parliament down.
He said: “Of course that is a matter for the whole House, and I know the committee met this morning.
“Parliamentary scrutiny of decisions of the magnitude that we are having to take in response to coronavirus and the novel nature of them, that Parliamentary scrutiny is incredible important and I will do whatever I have to do to keep Parliament open.”
Last week No10 said "discussions are taking place" between the Commons and Lords bosses over how to best protect MPs and staff working on the estate.
As MPs spend much of their time meeting members of the public, there are fears they could become infected in London before taking the virus back to their own constituencies when they return at the weekends.
The Commissions of the House of Lords and House of Commons said today: "The Commissions of both Houses met today to discuss Parliament’s response to Coronavirus. There are no plans to suspend Parliament.
"We continue to act entirely in line with the advice of Public Health England and the Speakers and political leadership of both Houses are keeping the situation under constant review."
Speaking at the time, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "Discussions are already taking place with parliamentary authorities and scientific and medical advisers.
"I'm sure Parliament will be led by the advice of the experts in terms of taking the steps it needs in order to protect the people who work there."
Mr Johnson this morning headed an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss how to stop the spread of the killer bug.
There are currently more than 110,000 cases of the bug globally, with more than 3,800 deaths.
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