The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Temporary Provisions Bill has been certified by Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake said the Bill was certified on the 23rd of August.
The Bill was passed in Parliament without a vote on the 17th of August.
The purpose of the Bill is to make temporary provisions in relation to situations where persons are unable to perform certain actions required by law to be performed within the prescribed time period due to COVID-19 circumstances; to assign alternative courts where a court cannot function due to various reasons; to conduct Court proceedings using remote communication technology to facilitate the control of the coronavirus; to grant relief in relation to parties to certain contracts who were unable to perform contractual obligations due to the pandemic and for related matters.
Accordingly, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) Act No.17 of 2021 is effective as of the 23rd of August.