ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has further relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, officially allowing indoor private gatherings and permitting restaurants, shops, etc to operate at 50 percent capacity though critics claim such restrictions were not or only selectively enforced.
As per the latest guidelines issued by the ministry of health for the period between December 16 and 31,restaurants, shops, groceries, pharmacies, supermarkets, and private tuition classes can operate at 50 percent capacity.
Weddings may also take place at 50 percent venue capacity, with liquor also permitted to be served at the event.
Meanwhile, vocational training institutes and cinemas can operate at 75 percent capacity.
Schools can hold sporting events with no spectators.
Funerals should be held within 24 hours of releasing the body to the family with a maximum of 30 participants at a time.
Authorities said action will be taken under existing legal provisions against any person or institute that does not comply with the guidelines. However, critics argue that no action has been taken against many individuals and organisations that have openly flouted the regulations.
The ministry said the situation will be reviewed on December 31 and the guidelines will be amended as needed. (Colombo/Dec16/2021)