Airports to re-open only after health sector recommendations - Minister | Daily News


Airports to re-open only after health sector recommendations - Minister

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga emphasized that the airports will not reopen until a certification by health authorities is given that the health safety of the citizens has been ensured.

Minister Ranatunga expressed these remarks to journalists addressing a District Committee meeting held at the District Secretariat Office in Gampaha. Minister Ranatunga further emphasized that although the government has controlled the COVID-19 epidemic,we cannot be complacent. We cannot allow the people to take any risks. However, the Minister emphasized that all arrangements have been made for the opening of airports and that the recommendations of the health sector were essential.

“The COVID-19 epidemic cannot be allowed to enter the country for any reason. Therefore, we have to control all this in a very strict and prudent manner. We made recommendations to the Cabinet on the opening of the airports. So, we are ready to open Mattala and Katunayake airports accordingly.

We are waiting for the approval of the health sector for those recommendations,” Minister Ranatunga added.


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