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Parliament Public Gallery remains closed: Awaiting health clearance

By Sarah Hannan

The Parliament Public Gallery will remain closed for visitors until recommendations are received from the health authorities, Sergeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said.

“The Public Gallery was closed for visitors due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and will remain closed until we receive directives from the health authorities on the necessary guidelines that should be followed by visitors entering the premises,” Fernando confirmed.

At present, only the Members of Parliament and staff members who are employed by the Parliament are allowed to enter the premises, when the sessions are held.

Fernando added that precautions are in place to prevent the spread of the virus given that the health emergency situation is still evolving the world over, and that Sri Lanka is far from eliminating the virus in the foreseeable future.

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had issued a reminder on the importance of following the universal health guidelines that were issued to all countries to prevent the spread of the virus.

Children between the ages of five and 12 have now also been required to wear face masks and infants will need to wear them under adult supervision, with the exception of children who have developmental disabilities, who are required to wear face shields, should face masks cause them difficulty in breathing.