The government has decided to compile a comprehensive plan on necessary health guidelines and restrictions that needed to be imposed after the lifting of the quarantine curfew.
The plan will be formulated under three sectors.
The Ministry of Public Administration will issue guidelines on the functioning of the state mechanism, the Ministry of Transport on public transportation methods and the Ministry of Labour on private sector operations.
The matter was discussed in detail during a meeting of the special COVID-19 Prevention Committee chaired by Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa.
Minister Rajapaksa has said plans should be implemented with the support of Public Health Inspectors, regional political authority, rural development committee and media.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said the support of all factions should be obtained to consolidate the country’s economy under the ‘new normal’.
He said the economic growth of 12.3 percent was achieved during the second quarter of 2021 but due to the lockdown it reduced to 1 percent in the third quarter.
The Finance Minister said they have plans to increase the growth rate to 3 percent in the fourth quarter and emphasized the need to achieve a 5 percent overall economic growth in 2021.
Meanwhile, matters concerning the reopening of schools had been discussed at length and it was revealed that guidelines to reopen schools had already been submitted by the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, it was notified to the committee that there is a huge demand for ayurveda and indigenous medicine and treatment methods.
Accordingly, attention has been drawn to establish more ayurveda treatment facilities in the country. Meanwhile, an agreement was reached to take measures to remove obstacles to export ayurveda related medicines.
State Minister Sisira Jayakody has confirmed Rs. 6,000 million have been allocated to distribute ayurveda medicine boxes to households across the country.
Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga meanwhile commented on the PCR testing mechanism in place at the Katunayake International Airport.
Minister Ranatunga has refuted claims that travelers arriving at the BIA have to remain for a lengthy time period until they receive clearance.
He said with the establishment of the new PCR testing system, test results will be released without any delay.
Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga said a mechanism in place to direct those test positive for COVID-19 to quarantine under the supervision of PHis.