The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka has requested the public to voluntarily impose quarantine restrictions and adhere to health practices during the upcoming festive season.
Speaking to media Chairman Upul Rohana said the country will face a severe crisis if the people disregard health guidelines.
He said despite various health guidelines being issued, a situation similar to that of April and December 2020 have arisen at present.
He added the public is preparing to celebrate the upcoming festive season in a similar manner.
Rohana noted COVID-19 cases are being detected from various parts of the country, claiming the situation at ground level is riskier than what is portrayed through the statistics reported by media.
He stated if the public continues to gather unnecessarily and disregard health guidelines, they will not be able to celebrate the festival and will have to spend half of 2022 with the crisis.
He urged all factions to act responsibly when celebrating the festive season.
Rohana said failure to do so will lead to the loss of lives of near and dear ones and others having to spend the festive season at a quarantine centre or treatment centre.
Upul Rohana stressed legal action will be taken against any place that violates quarantine regulations.
He noted PHIs will be deployed at large in future, and they have been issued directives to take action against owners and employees of shops and other individuals who fail to adhere to heath guidelines when buying and selling goods for the festive season.
He claimed public and private transportation services have also returned to normal and seem to have forgotten about the COVID-19 crisis.
He added transport services seem to be violating all health guidelines, which is a risky situation.
Upul Rohana warned passengers that they will be at a higher risk than the driver or owner, if they fail to adhere to health guidelines.