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New health guidelines issued; multiple restrictions eased

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The Health Ministry today issued a set of new guidelines easing several restrictions effective from December 01 to 15.

According to the guidelines, public gatherings, meeting & events are prohibited until further notice unless prior approval is obtained from Director General of Health Services.

However, multiple restrictions have been eased.

Accordingly, maximum 1/3 of usual capacity of the hall not exceeding 200 is allowed for weddings while 250 can be accommodated in an outdoor function with no liquor served.

Earlier, maximum 1/3 of usual capacity of the hall not exceeding 100 persons was allowed for weddings while 150 persons were permitted when the function is held outside with no liquor served.

In addition, gyms can be fully operated, which was earlier restricted to 50 percent while sports activities are allowed with no spectators.

The capacity that can be accommodated at cinemas and theatres has been increased from 50 to 75 percent at a given time.

Besides, the capacity at a restaurant has been increased to 75 persons to 100 while 150 allowed for outdoor events.

Meanwhile, only seated passengers are allowed in public transport.

Moreover, funerals can be held with the participation of 20 members within 24-hours of releasing the body. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


  Comments - 14

  • John Tuesday, 30 November 2021 11:50 PM

    Has the Government gone mad?

    Tyron Peries Tuesday, 30 November 2021 11:50 PM

    Why so many restrictions have been relaxed when entry of Omicron is on the cards

    Nimalz Tuesday, 30 November 2021 11:53 PM

    Though Health officials demanded tight restrictions ahead of festive season, the Government has not heeded them as usual

    Tok Wednesday, 01 December 2021 12:01 AM

    Population more

    Weruna Wednesday, 01 December 2021 12:02 AM

    Are we inviting another wave with these relaxed restrictions?

    Fug Wednesday, 01 December 2021 12:03 AM

    Did Keheliya Rambukwella approve these guidelines ? I don’t think so.

    Susi Wednesday, 01 December 2021 12:38 AM

    What difference does it make whether they impose restrictions or not, if no one complies with them anyway.

    selvakumar Wednesday, 01 December 2021 12:39 AM

    When will be everything over??

    JB Wednesday, 01 December 2021 02:26 AM

    They will relax restrictions now... and let this new variant come and currculate till 15th. Then lockdown the country for Christmas..... and there goes our season..

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 01 December 2021 02:51 AM

    Impeccable timing....if you live in a cave and don't watch world news.

    Chaminda Wednesday, 01 December 2021 06:08 AM

    Very good move. There’s a wrong interpretation about new variant too. We are now 75% fully vaccinated and booster is available. Now it’s the time to live and forget the closing downs and stay at homes. Many in our country wants to stay at home or work at home practically to not to work and keep shouting at social media. Covid is here to stay and no court can make 0 deaths of cases. It’s practically proved in New Zealand. Deaths have passed 150000 in Uk with daily toll around 100 every day still. It’s just about keeping a threshold to cases and keep running the country and when or if it hits threshold then make the restrictions. GMOA must not just hold news conference they must at least see what Oxford medical experts say about new variant. It’s a concern but not a panic

    Seb Wednesday, 01 December 2021 06:20 AM

    200 guests... That's just asking for trouble.

    Benjamin George Wednesday, 01 December 2021 09:41 AM

    The spread of Organic Fertiliser madness to Covid Committee too?

    Gb Wednesday, 01 December 2021 10:17 AM

    Some mp must have a wedding coming up, they change the rules to suit their needs

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