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Current restrictions likely to be extended until Oct. 31

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The restrictions which are scheduled to be lifted from October 16 are likely to remain in effect until October 31, sources said.

The Health Ministry on September 30 issued a new set of guidelines under two phases to be followed in the month of October once the curfew was lifted from October 1.

Accordingly, a set of guidelines under the first phase were in effect from October 1 to 15 while another set of guidelines under the second phase will come into effect from October 16 to 31.

The restrictions, which are to come into effect from October 16 have been relaxed compared to restrictions imposed earlier like weddings, funerals and capacities in public places such as restaurants, shops, gyms etc.

However,  according to the sources, the health authorities are to ponder the situation and discuss the matter in depth considering the reckless behaviour of people in the aftermath of relaxation of curfew.

Health officials opined that since people have started to behave ignoring health rules as if there was no risk of COVID-19, it is like inviting another wave.

Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said steps would be taken either to extend or lift the prevailing restrictions depending on people's behaviour.

However, the inter-provincial travel restrictions are to continue until October 21 or probably until the end of this month with exemptions for essential activities (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Premalal Perera Wednesday, 13 October 2021 05:59 AM

    So, some people behave badly so all people suffer. We know of some people who always behave badly. Our politicians.

    selvakumar Wednesday, 13 October 2021 06:45 AM

    It's health ministry moving with great way this days!!!

    Chris Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:10 AM

    Just another gimmick to minimize protests against rising cost of living. Government conveniently using Covid to suppress public opinion

    Lal Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:39 AM

    Saving petrol. Not citizens health and environment.

    Samson Wednesday, 13 October 2021 08:37 AM

    Why should the innocent suffer because some people behave badly. Law enforcement should take care of bad situations and allow others to get back to life.

    Nalli Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:59 PM

    The malls are open. Were they allowed to open? Quite crowded.

    Dasha Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:01 PM

    If they do this it is really inhuman and unfair. People have already made plans after the previous guidelines were released. Should not have released such a thing like that if they were going to change it in the last minute.

    sam Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:07 PM

    Extention is a must because demonstrations will increase and then the spread.

    T.H.J. Pieters Wednesday, 13 October 2021 04:42 PM

    Does it mean the vaccinations are not working ..?

    Moe Wednesday, 13 October 2021 08:20 PM

    Really? I honestly don't know what can and can't be done anymore ... Less movement restrictions and more control in supermarkets and other places where most people are not educated to keep distance. I am more afraid of going to a supermarket than taking my car and being able to leave the city or a restaurant with limited capacity.


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