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Re-opening liquor shops: Medical professionals raise red flag

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Several medical professional bodies have raised concerns opposing the decision to re-open liquor shops claiming that with this decision, COVID-19 norms are going for a toss.

No sooner the government announced that the countrywide liquor shops are re-opened, people started gathering in large numbers to buy liquor, ignoring health guidelines and rules.

Commenting on the decision, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr Padma Gunaratne said the particular decision could adversely affect the positive way the country is heading right now.

“This could also lead to further delay in reopening schools as well,” she pointed out.

Moreover, Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) President Dr Lakkumar Fernando urged the Government to introduce a safer mechanism to enable consumers to purchase what they wish, without endangering lives of the entire nation.

Meanwhile, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), Executive Member Dr. Prasad Colombage said it was not appropriate to reopen liquor shops at this crucial juncture where the country is experiencing a downward trend in COVID cases and deaths. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Wickremeratne Saturday, 18 September 2021 06:32 PM

    If the hours are longer, less crowded congestion, this way inviting Covid

    Lanka Saturday, 18 September 2021 06:32 PM

    O come on now enough of this joke!!! Everyone wants to make a statement!!! It's open and everyone just keep passing the ball!!! Just get on with it....

    Ranaweera Saturday, 18 September 2021 06:38 PM

    People do have money, opposition is wrong. May be majority of these are teachers spending their Pin Padi.

    Paul Saturday, 18 September 2021 06:43 PM

    There is no connection between the liquor and COVID 19. Why FUSS over this issue?

    Samson Saturday, 18 September 2021 06:54 PM

    Conflict of interest to open shops especially liquor in the middle of a curfew

    Koo Sal Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:00 PM

    According to many politicians the teacher's strike is criminal and a super spreader of Covid but not the alcoholics falling over each other to buy their stocks

    Sachi Kuhananthan, MD Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:04 PM

    People have to wait in line because the liquor stored were closed unnecessarily for a long time. People wait in line to get vaccinated as well. How is that different? Not only government gets revenue from selling liquor but also many families are dependent on this. The pandemic is almost over and normalize the economy.

    Sanda Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:19 PM

    Not point of keeping only the liquor shops closed at this point . Tax on liqour is a main revenue source for government revenue .It's time to introduce online sales system for liquor as well ,as will ease the crowds at the wine stores while not effecting the sales and tax revenue

    N n Nadson Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:42 PM

    Can any doctor advice on people suffering from withdrawal of alcohol

    Samuel Saturday, 18 September 2021 08:14 PM

    You doctor fellows are supposed to eradicate the Covid-19 using your medical knowledge , yet you are failing in this miserably. But you are interested to get involved in Liquor shop openings. Are you jokers ?

    VJ Saturday, 18 September 2021 08:48 PM

    Alcohol is an essential commodity, open the doors, government needs money. You can’t stop people drinking by closing the tavern. Do you think people don’t drink on full moon days?

    LUNATIC BUFFALO Saturday, 18 September 2021 09:03 PM

    Only Essential Services function during a Lockdown. It appears Liquor is an essential commodity. Ha! HA! HAA!!

    Gobells Saturday, 18 September 2021 11:05 PM

    Annual Medical Conferences and get togethers will be liquor free in future.Ha! Ha! Ha!

    Lanka Shantha Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:30 PM

    Already the roads are opened. Opening Liquor shop is nothing. (Today there is no people at these shops)

    blackwater Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:17 PM

    It is done and dusted and VVIP'S would have received at least 20/30 million from the liquor Mafia

    dickie bird Sunday, 19 September 2021 04:57 PM

    Opened probably to check the financial strength or the buying power of the masses?

    Yohan Gunewardene Sunday, 19 September 2021 08:54 PM

    Bars in most countries may close but we are talking about wine stores or liquor shops..I have a drink or a beer daily and hadn't stocked up mainly due to the reason that I hadn't the resources to do so I'm honest by saying this. I wish to mention to the non drinking citizens of this country to please keep your mouth shut if you have nothing else to do. Me and my family take so much precautions when we need to go out during the lock down maybe once a week and we see the roads fairly or rather there is less traffic or vehicles no one wants to get infected and I know for sure they people take a lot of precautions rather than before although there are few idiots all over the world. I went to Koswatha (Battaramulla) to the liquor shop yesterday the 18th rather than going on the 17 and I went around 3pm believe me I was the only person there no crowd no rush. If you accept it or not its true that any government I repeat any government in power needs the tax from liquor to survive

    Rondy Sunday, 19 September 2021 09:29 PM

    Only 1st day there was a crowd since people panicked that they would be closed next day. Now anyone can go


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