TikaWeeks #11-5/2020: Sri Lanka update
Posted by John on 15th March 2020
For the next two weeks, all national parks are closed, entry visas from countries where flights are already embargoed are suspended, mass gatherings are banned and all foreign visitors arriving in the country sent for a two-week quarantine period in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sri Lanka. There are now nine reported active cases of COVID-19 on the island.
All national parks and zoos to remain closed for next two weeks
The Zoological Gardens, botanical gardens and national parks of the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka are to be closed for the next two weeks from today (15 March 2020), the Department of Government Information announced yesterday that this measure is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Suspension of visas for Sri Lanka from certain countries for two weeks
Following the decision to stop issuing on-arrival visas earlier this week, the Sri Lanka Department of Immigration & Emigration has suspended all types of visas from the following countries for the next two weeks:
- South Korea
Ban on all mass gatherings for the next two weeks
Approval will not be given for mass gatherings for a two week period, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi announced yesterday. She said that the best way to stay safe from COVID-19 is to self-quarantine and avoid crowded places. The minister noted that there is a greater possibility for the virus to spread through mass gatherings highlighting the importance of preventing the virus from spreading any further, and urged people to minimise religious gatherings and private functions. She also said that all foreign visitors arriving in the country would be sent for a two-week quarantine period, with those arriving from Italy and Iran under constant medical observation.