Up until now wearing protective masks in parliament was not required, as it had only been recommended by the National Civil Protection Headquarters and epidemiologists.
As of Wednesday, everyone entering into the parliament building will have to wear a mask. Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković announced on Tuesday that this was no longer a recommendation, but rather an obligation. He added that those who refuse to wear a mask will be escorted out of the building. Jandroković said that online voting will be made available for tomorrow's plenary session.
"Our IT services are already working on making it possible for MPs who are infected or in self-isolation, to vote. They will be able to participate in the voting process via video-link. To avoid any kind of abuse, MPs will have to provide a doctor's confirmation that they are sick or in self-isolation," Jandroković said.
For the most part opposition parties agreed with the measure. However, they added that safeguards would have to be in place. "As far as distance voting during the epidemic is concerned, we have already announced that, provided there are some conditions in place, we won't oppose the move," said Arsen Bauk of the SDP.
MOST Party leader Božo Petrov added: "Half a year ago I was saying that everything in parliament can be done through electronic means, including participating in debates. And we need to do that. But this can't be selective. So, when you need a quorum all of sudden we'll let you vote, but you won't be able to participate in the debate. If we can vote electronically, why can't we then debate online?"