The Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines to be followed when quarantine curfew is lifted at 4am tomorrow, the 1st of October.
The new guidelines were announced during a media briefing held at the Health Ministry, under the patronage of Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella.
The guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardana, includes guidelines on how to engage in permitted public activities from the 1st to the 31st of October.
Accordingly guidelines have been issued from the 1st to the 15th of October, and the 16th to the 31st of October.
According to the new guidelines persons can only leave their residence for work, medical needs or to purchase essential goods or services.
Only a 25% capacity will be allowed at meetings, workshops and conferences while online meetings should be encouraged.
No permission has been granted for functions, parties, indoor or outdoor gatherings.
Permission has been granted for wholesale trading at economic centres, while economic centres can function under the supervision of divisional committees and Medical Officers of Health.
Dining in at restaurants has been prohibited between the 1st to the 15th, while a 30% seating capacity will be allowed from the 16th to the 31st, with the maximum number of customers not exceeding 50.
However, outdoor dining is encouraged and consuming alcohol within the premises will be prohibited.
Salons can function based on appointments.
Steps will be taken to reopen schools while schools with less than 200 students can reopen based on the decision reached by the Ministry of Education.
Day care centres can reopen while pre-schools can function with 50% of students in attendance.
Universities and higher education institutions can also resume operations while adhering to health guidelines.
However, the number of students in attendance must be reduced and activities must be carried out jointly online.
Permission has not been granted for tuition classes to resume.
Cinemas will also remain closed.
Permission has not been granted for sporting activities till the 15th.