AMS raises concerns over recent queues near liquor stores
The Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) has raised concerns over the large gatherings recently witnessed queueing near liquor stores, violating all travel restrictions and COVID-19 guidelines.
While acknowledging the government's dire need to collect revenue, and the legal rights of legitimate vendors, dealers and consumers of alcohol (despite its ill effects), the AMS warned of a resultant cluster that may arise due to such gatherings of this nature.
"However, as a professional organization we feel that it is our prime duty to foresee any impending threats at this crucial juncture where we have just started to witness a downward trend of this deadly disease. We feel that any gatherings of this nature leading to HUMAN to HUMAN contact will act as a focus of another cluster", the AMS said in a statement,
"These gatherings do remind us the very way people started behaving to collect infamous "Peniya" introduced by a quack", the AMS said, drawing similarities to the lengthy queues seen to collect the syrup against COVID-19 produced by Dhammika Bandara at the inception of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.
The AMS urged that a safer mechanism be introduced for consumers to purchase what they wish, without endangering the lives of others and potentially jeopardising the efforts and sacrifices made thus far in relation to mitigating the COVID-19 crisis.