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Proposal to reopen airports for tourists from 1st August

The Task Force Committee entrusted with COVID – 19 control proposed to President to reopen airports for foreign tourists from 1st August as the country is gradually returning to normalcy.

The Committee members pointed out that it is a remarkable achievement that not a single infected person was reported from the community after April 30th to date (26).

The COVID Prevention Task Force Committee was convened under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (26) to discuss ways and means to revive the tourism industry which was badly affected by the pandemic.

President highlighted the necessity of following health guidelines issued by international and local health experts in the event of opening the country for tourists. There is a possibility to be at the forefront of tourism revival provided a well-planned strategy is in place. Future steps should be taken under the guidance of tourism and health professionals on a priority basis, President said.