By Easwaran Rutnam
The Level 3 restrictions currently enforced in the country will be reviewed before Christmas.
Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said that several requests have been made to the authorities to relax the current Level 3 restrictions.
He said that the matter had been discussed when the Covid Task Force met yesterday.
Dr. Hemantha Herath said that the authorities discussed the possibility of continuing with the current restrictions during Christmas and New Year without enforcing a lockdown or curfew.
He also said that there have been requests to further relax the existing Level 3 restrictions.
However he said that a final decision on the matter has not been taken and the relevant authorities will decide in due course.
Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana had said earlier that the festive season must be celebrated only among family members.
He said that because of the coronavirus pandemic parties and events to mark the New Year will not be permitted.
“Unlike in the past we will not be able to celebrate the New Year this time around,” he said.
DIG Ajith Rohana said that the public have been urged to strictly follow the health guidelines during the festive season.
He said that social distancing must be maintained when shopping.
Guidelines have already been issued for the public to follow during the festive season.
Director General of Health Asela Gunawardena had issued the guidelines recently and urged the public to follow them in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the festive season.
In the 10-point guideline, the public have been urged to reduce travel during the festive season.
The public have also been urged to ensure only one member of the family goes shopping and not all. (Colombo Gazette/Daily Mirror)