Revised COVID Guidelines Issued for Next 15 Days
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Health Ministry yesterday (30) revised guidelines for the next 15 days noting that although significant control of COVID 19 had been achieved, there is still a risk of escalation in transmission due to cluster formation.
The Acting Director General Health Services (DGHS), Dr. S. Sridharan issuing a Press release noted that the new guidelines would be effective from today (1) till the 15 December. Thereby restrictions on attending weddings have been further relaxed to 1/3rd of the usual capacity of the venue not exceeding 200 persons. Also a maximum 250 persons will be permitted in an outdoor function. "No liquor will be served at weddings," he stressed.
A maximum 20 persons could be present at a given time at a funeral which should be held within 24 hours of releasing the body.
Dr.Sridharan urged the public to avoid leaving home unnecessarily to minimise the risk of the virus transmitting to household members and colleagues. Official corporate or professional meetings events can be held with 1/3rd of the usual capacity of the venue not exceeding 100 persons. While a maximum of 10 persons are permitted in private houses. "Outdoor private gatherings are not permitted," he noted.
Economic centres are open for wholesale business under strict supervision of local authorities and area Medical Officer of Health (MoH).
Restaurants (in-dining) would be permitted 1/3rd of usual capacity not exceeding 100 persons.150 persons will be permitted if outdoor arrangements are available.
Individual worship is permitted at religious places while special festivals, occasions and prayer services should be conducted as per guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.
Tuition classes could be held with 50 per cent capacity only for G.C.E. Ordinary and Advance level students.
He noted that legal action will be taken against a person or institution which fails to comply with the guidelines. The Acting DG said the situation will be reviewed by 15 December with guidelines issued for the period thereafter according to the prevailing situation, he added.