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’’Shut down the nightclubs, or call the police’’ - CMC

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Health officers from the Colombo Municipal Council today said that nightclubs operating in Colombo city had not obtained permission to re-open and it should be closed immediately owing to the present COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Medical Officer of the CMC, Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni told Daily Mirror that following discussions with the Health Ministry, a decision had been taken that nightclubs operating should shut down immediately and if they are kept open, people should inform the police.

"They had never obtained any permission to open the nightclubs. They have to be kept closed. People should complain to the police if they are open as only the police have the power to close it," Dr. Wijemuni said.

He further said owing to the present situation, there was a decision to only allow weddings and funerals with a limited number of people, but they were awaiting the new amended health guidelines which will be released by the Health Ministry soon.

Meanwhile, the highest number of positive COVID-19 patients detected in recent days from several areas were those who had attended weddings and other large gatherings, Secretary of the Public Health Inspectors Union, Mahesh Balasuriya told Daily Mirror.

He recommended that travel from these districts which had been identified with such patients should be restricted and said it was due to this that weddings were now permitted to have only 50 guests from 150.

Further authorities are checking to see if the new variant of the COVID-19 had been detected from a wedding held in Udugampola recently, where atleast over a 100 people tested positive for the virus and the spread had happened at a faster pace. (Jamila Husain)

  Comments - 7

  • Sam Silva Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:43 PM

    Sorry, these are for all rich and high influenced people. They are untouchable.

    Non Covid entry Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:09 AM

    Wonder what they touch !

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:56 PM

    6.2 millon voted for one law. Now where is the one law? These clubs have a invisible hand protecting them.

    Asanka Thursday, 18 February 2021 12:05 AM

    To be honest, I don't care if these idiots get infected. But because of them other people are in danger. Also when they have to get admitted into an hospital. Then they put our heroic healthcare workers at risk.

    Tourists Thursday, 18 February 2021 07:53 AM

    Politicians wants to keep everything opened and you want to keep the night clubs closed. Country is in a utter mess with cv19.

    Sokrates Thursday, 18 February 2021 09:05 AM

    All the night clubs are running by the Mafia under political protection.

    Sando Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:11 PM

    PHI Unit must be controlled. Life must bounce back for some kind of economic revival.


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