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Shutting down airport, restricting tourist arrival depending on health instructions: Minister

28 April 2021 06:31 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Decisions with regard to the shutting down the airport or restricting the arrival of tourists would be taken in accordance with health instructions, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunge said.

He said a special surveillance mechanism is in place to monitor the arrival of tourists from India which is severely affected by the COVID-19.

“Indian tourists arrive through a travel bubble method. We have already imposed various restrictions on Indian tourists. Considering the rampant COVID disaster in India, tourists coming from the sub-continent are quarantined in separate hotel rooms. We have also taken steps to restrict the arrival of Indian tourists following a discussion with Indian authorities,” he said.

The Minister told media after a meeting in Gampaha that the airport cannot be shut down immediately as most of those arriving through the airport are expatriate workers.

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  • Joshua Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:54 PM

    Yes close the airport after all the variants in the world reaches SL. Ha haa

    Jude Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:58 PM

    Lockdown the country for 3 months if you want to getta handle on the situation!! yeah

    Herman Perera Thursday, 29 April 2021 02:17 AM

    You got to get INSTRUCTIONS from China how to run the country.

    Seqi Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:03 AM

    This fellow has the learning curve of a parrot.

    Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 29 April 2021 10:43 AM

    Don't worry! the pundits in the health fraternity will give the green light as long as the DGHS, a weakling and one who has suddenly become a Specialist Doctor from a MBBS doctorate overnight is pulling the strings.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Thursday, 29 April 2021 12:02 PM

    It is time to take tougher measures. If you don't act, it gets worse.

    Joshua Thursday, 29 April 2021 01:47 PM

    covid minister is busy telling people to take Chinese vaccine

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Thursday, 29 April 2021 01:47 PM

    There is no need to close the airport, it is enough if all shops and restaurants, markets and an exit barrier are imposed. Only food shops should remain open.


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