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Govt. to tighten penalties against COVID guideline violators

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The Government has decided to implement stringent measures against those who violate health guidelines recently issued by the Director General of Health Services.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi addressing a gathering this morning said they had observed some people violating the guidelines in the aftermath of lifting the travel restrictions in the country.

“We are taking steps to file cases against such individuals and institutions. Otherwise, the whole country would be at stake due to the offences committed by a few individuals,” she said.

“The fines at present for guideline violators is Rs.5,000. We will not hesitate to increase it to even Rs.50,000 in a bid to curb the COVID spread,” the Health Minister stressed.

“I have instructed the Inspector General of Police to be very strict on those who go against the given guidelines,” she added.

Health Minister Wanniarachchi said they were confident that the Government had the potential to successfully defeat the virus and return the country to complete normalcy. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 23 June 2021 07:06 PM

    Good, but apply these rules equally. Eka ratak, eka nithiyak.

    Mm Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:19 PM

    The connected and affluent are partying behind closed doors and you just catch the poor

    Mm Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:19 PM

    Why don’t you raid a few apartments and see how they all party

    cineha Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:05 PM

    Well.....First charge the Railways for over loading with passangers and not maintaining even one centimeter of social distancing.

    vince Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:11 PM

    Will it apply to Basil, when the git returns from his jaunt in America.

    Govunor Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:19 PM

    The worse are in the government!

    lankan citizen Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:08 PM

    Disgusting goverment is now trying to collect taxes from covid like they did with dengu most people cant afford to pay 50000 just as a fine. They charged too much for dengu mosquitoes too. I am wondering twhether the real motivation is to stop the spread of covid or is it to collect money now that the govt is short of funds.

    Ranaweera Thursday, 24 June 2021 12:58 AM

    Take money from Chandimal.

    Praja Pathirana Friday, 25 June 2021 10:39 AM

    Start with the parliament members

    Solo Traveler Saturday, 26 June 2021 07:32 AM

    Policemen stopped their scooter in front of me in a quiet village, pulled down his mask, spitted betel in front of me, spoke some hard to understand broken English telling me to go either airport or home when "travel restrictions" was lifted. Shall I ask the disgusting policemen for Rs 5000 compensation to thank him spreading Covid?


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