Residents of England and Wales can go to the polls in May, despite the corona pandemic. The government has announced additional measures to ensure that local elections are conducted safely.
For example, this time, voters must bring their own pen to the polling booth, British media reports. It is also mandatory to wear mouth masks in polling stations.
The British government had considered whether the elections could go ahead. A lockdown is currently still in force in England to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. London has now decided to give local authorities at least £ 30 million extra to ensure that the polls on 6 May are safe.
In polling stations, among other things, hand alcohol is placed, and measures are taken to ensure that people keep a sufficient distance. The government is also relaxing the rules for voters who want to authorize someone to vote on their behalf.
They can also arrange this through an emergency procedure until the end of the afternoon on election day if they have suspicious symptoms and need to go into self-isolation.