The proposal had earlier received the approval of the Finance Ministry and it was planned to allow selected supermarket chains to sell alcohol online.
However, concerns were raised over the decision by several parties including the Ministry of Health, State minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control - Dr. Sudarshini Fernando, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) and the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA).
The Excise Department had made the above mentioned request, stating that the continued prohibition of liquor sales during the travel restrictions prevalent for over a month, had resulted in a tax loss of over Rs. 15,000 million.
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