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  •  wine stores, taverns cannot operate at this moment
  • CMC insists Raids to be carried out on high-end bars in the city  
  • Several high-end bars and restaurants in Colombo had advertised through social media yesterday that they will be serving liquor
  • bars, taverns and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is to carry out raids on high-end bars operating in the city, in violation of the Quarantine Act and Health Ministry guidelines issued this week.  

Chief Medical Officer of Health at the CMC, Dr. R.L. de S. Wijayamuni told Daily Mirror that while the Sri Lanka Tourism Board has given the approval for tourist board approved restaurants to operate till 10pm daily, they cannot serve liquor.  


“If these places serve liquor there will be a real issue in maintaining social distancing,” Wijayamuni said.  Several high-end bars and restaurants in Colombo had advertised through social media yesterday that they will be serving liquor.  


“I am sending a team to raid these locations and observe if they are violating the Quarantine Act and the strict guidelines issued by the Health Ministry,” he said.  


Deputy Commissioner of Excise Kapila Kumarasinghe told Daily Mirror that the Quarantine Act is currently in force and even if a restaurant has a license to serve liquor they must first obtain the approval of the health authorities.  
“We don’t determine if they can serve liquor or not since it is the Quarantine Act which is now in force,” he said.  
He said that wine stores and taverns, however, cannot operate at this moment as they have been prohibited from doing so by the health authorities.  


“While the Excise law applies to bars they have been told they must follow instructions issued by health authorities as the Quarantine Act is now in force,” he said.  


The Ministry of Health on Wednesday issued a comprehensive set of guidelines focused on the “new normal” with timelines on when most activities can resume.   


As per the guidelines bars, taverns and nightclubs will remain closed until further notice.   

 

  • Sri Lanka Tourism Board has given the approval for tourist board approved restaurants to operate till 10pm daily, they cannot serve liquor
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