Health Ministry reinstates mask mandate

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The Health Ministry yesterday (21) reversed the directive on face masks issued on Monday (18) considering the large public gatherings currently taking place in the country.

Director General Health Services (DGHS), Dr.Asela Gunawardena said, lifting the mandatory face masks requirement when outdoors as a Covid-19 preventive measure was temporarily suspended and that masks must be worn as before considering the large public gatherings taking place in the country.

Other measures stipulated by the release namely; checking of body temperatures and documenting details of customers and visitors had been waived (as was mentioned in the Circular issued on 18 April 2022).

By Dilanthi Jayamanne