COVID-19 Prevention Task Force puts an end to online selling of liquor

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:46 AM Jun 17 2021
Local COVID-19 Prevention Task Force puts an end to online selling of liquor

The COVID-19 Prevention Task Force has refused to grant permission for the online sale of liquor.

The online sale of liquor was approved by the Ministry of Finance yesterday (16), following a proposal that had been sent by the Excise Department regarding the matter.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, however, Deputy Commissioner of Excise , Kapila Kumarasinghe stated that despite the Ministry's approval, the terms and conditions upon which these sales are to be implemented will be given in detail to the media once the approval of the COVID-19 Prevention Task Force has been given.

Moreover, apart from the COVID-19 Prevention Task Force, two medical bodies of Sri Lanka, namely the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) and the Government Officers Association (GMOA), also expressed grave concerns over the permission granted by the Finance Ministry for the online sale of liquor yesterday (16). 

Accordingly, the online sale of liquor will not be allowed, Army Commander and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva noted.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:46 AM Jun 17 2021

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