By virtue of Government Notice No. 98 of 2021 of the COVID-19, the authorities have proceeded with the second phase of the deconfinement. The attention of members of the public is drawn to the provisions as laid down hereunder:-

(i) All trade and commercial premises, including those situated in the Red Zone, shall arrange for social distancing markings outside and inside their respective outlets. Outlets at commercial premises will demarcate queuing lines by way of floor markings. Outlets will also demarcate social distancing inside their premises. Customers shall adhere strictly to these markings.

(ii) Operators of all commercial premises shall provide to their employees masks, gloves and hand sanitisers.

(iii) Commercial premises shall provide extra perspex barriers at the tills. Where appropriate, alternate tills must be opened to ensure social distancing.

(iv) Each person shall be allowed to use only one trolley for purchase of essential supplies.

(v) Single traffic flow of customers/one-way system shall be enforced within the commercial premises.

(vi) Commercial premises, as applicable, shall ensure that all trolleys and/or baskets are sanitised before delivery to each customer.

(vii) Every person having access to commercial premises shall wear a protective mask over his nose and mouth. Operators of all commercial premises shall provide hand sanitisers at entry and exit.

(viii) Entry to any commercial premises will be refused to a customer showing flu-like symptoms (high temperature, runny nose or coughing).

(ix) The body temperature of each customer shall be taken at the entrance of any commercial premises. Any customer having high temperature shall not be allowed access inside the premises.

(x) Commercial premises shall not be allowed to continue to operate in case of breach of any of the above conditions.

(xi) Every person shall strictly abide to the Preventive and Sanitary Measures (COVID 19) Regulations 2021.

2. Members of the public are invited to inform the Police of any breach of the provisions mentioned above on the following hotlines and they are also encouraged to use ‘Whatsapp’ to share any relevant information:-


3. Any person who is found in breach of GN 98 of 2021 shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 500,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.

3 May 2021

Source: Government Information Service