Sep 25, 2020

Book Fair: Crowds not observing social distancing Featured

Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Colombo Municipal Council Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni says it has been observed that certain health safety recommendations issued for the conduct of the Colombo International Book Fair at the BMICH are not being followed stringently.

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo, the CMC Chief MOH said book fair organisers have been informed of the matter.

He said it was initially observed that fair goers were not maintaining social distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks, however noting that people are now abiding by regulations more favourably.

Nevertheless the CMC Chief MOH warned that if social distancing is not maintained strictly, steps will be taken to either reduce the number of days the book fair is open, or shut the fair down entirely.

Dr. Wijemuni remarked it was observed that social distancing was not being maintained within certain stalls at the Colombo International Book Fair, due to the immense crowds arriving at the book fair.

The Doctor said if such a situation is observed, health authorities have been directed to ask people to leave the stalls.

He said Medical Officers of Health and Public Health Inspectors have been deployed at the book fair to maintain health safety regulations, while adding that organisers and the administration of the BMICH have been strongly advised to ensure that everyone maintains social distancing, wash or sanitise their hands and wear face masks at all times.

Meanwhile Dr. Wijemuni stressed that it is entirely prohibited for anyone to conduct any shows or exhibitions in Colombo without the express permission of the Epidemiology Unit or the Director General of Health Services.

He noted the number of persons gathering within city limits and at places such as the Viharamahadevi park, or other large spaces are being controlled.