Lithuanian lawmakers on Tuesday rejected proposed changes to the Statute of the Seimas to allow the parliament to hold remote sittings.
Following initial consideration, 37 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill submitted by Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, 27 voted against, and 54 MPs abstained.
MP Virginija Vingrienė from the ruling Farmers and Greens Union said the parliament should stand in solidarity with people who have no option to self- isolate, for example the medics, or supermarket workers.
Meanwhile, Pranckietis said if just one MP is diagnosed with Covid-19, all other parliamentarians would have to self-isolate for two weeks.
"It would mean we wouldn't be able to take any action," said Pranckietis, which would effectively grind the work of the parliament to a halt.