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Museums and other local attractions to open to domestic tourists from July

ECONOMYNEXT – Giving a fillip to domestic tourism the Cultural Ministry has decided to re-open all the Museums and other attractions run by the Ministry from July 1.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Bandula Harischandra in a media statement said that the decision was aimed at helping domestic tourism.

He said that all archeological sites, Monuments, National Museums and other sites will re-open.

He added that the Public Reference Libraries run by the National Archives will also re-open.

All of these sites will maintain limits on the number of visitors and all visitors will have to adhere to COVID 19 guidelines issued by the Health Department Harishchandra added.

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry that took a major hit after Easter Sunday attacks last year is facing a bleak future because of COVID 19 and the lack of foreign tourists.

In a few areas domestic tourism is keeping some hotels at low occupancy rates, but overall the current situation is dire. (Colombo, June 26, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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