Relaxed guidelines for hotels, restaurants proposed

Under a new set of health guidelines, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has proposed to allow Registered Restaurants and Hotels to operate restaurants, eating houses and bars at 25% of total capacity.

To rebuild confidence in the global travelers that Sri Lanka is a safe destination, in a letter to Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga has proposed a set of new health guidelines for the tourist industry for immediate implementation.

Minister Ranatunga has pointed out that the new health guidelines have been chalked out on the instructions of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a subsequent conversation with the health minister.

According to the new guidelines, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Registered Restaurants, Hotels and establishments are to be permitted with effect from July 5, to open and operate restaurants, eating houses and bars at 25% of total capacity.

The COVID vaccination of tourism industry personnel will commence with effect from July 15 through the District MOHs. A valid letter from a SLTDA registered Tourism establishment and/or National Identity Card can be used for identification.

District by district vaccinations will include all persons involved in tourism, including hotel staff, Jeep drivers in National Parks under Department of Wildlife Conservation and Safari Parks and Zoological gardens under the Department of Zoological Gardens, staff in tourist sites including Botanical Gardens and cultural sites, tour guides, Tourist drivers, SLTDA registered shops open to tourists, water sport centres and whale-watching programmes.

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