Arrival and departure lobby areas at the BIA closed for visitors

The arrival and departure lobby areas at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have been closed for visitors.

The Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited said that both areas have been closed with immediate effect, until further notice.

The precautionary measure has been taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier today, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that tourists will continue to be allowed into the country and so will Sri Lankans returning from overseas.

He said that strict health regulations are implemented when tourists and Sri Lankans arrive in the country and that process will continue.

Ranatunga said that PCR tests are carried out on passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus are isolated.

He said that there was an increase in the number of infected people detected among Sri Lankans returning to the country over the past few days.

The Tourism Minister added that Sri Lanka is now facing a dangerous situation.

However, he says the situation needs to be brought under control in order to ensure the tourism industry survives.

Ranatunga said that stopping tourists from arriving in the country will have an impact on the economy. (Colombo Gazette)

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