With the nation currently facing extremely challenging circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19), steps have been taken to allow Parliament to continue to fulfil its important constitutional duties. These steps now include the cancellation of all functions and events. Whilst we fully appreciate that this news is unwelcome and will create a lot of inconvenience, the steps that are being taken are proportionate and reasonable and will reduce the risk to those of us who work on the Parliamentary Estate and those who visit. This decision, consistent with the latest Government advice, has been taken by the Speakers of both Houses, in consultation with Public Health England. The steps are supported by the Clerks of both Houses and Parliamentary authorities.