All hotels and restaurants registered under the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) opened yesterday (27) for business after being closed for nearly two months. The decision was made by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) on Tuesday (26).
Some of the leading hotels and restaurants had posted the reopening of its services on their official social media pages and what services are available. The hotels and restaurants have health and safety guidelines to follow when carrying out services.
The President’s Media Division (PMD) stated that all hotels and restaurants registered under the SLTDA for in-house-dining are the first phases of resuming the tourism industry.
Based on the progress of the first phase, restaurants that are not registered under the SLTDA will be allowed to operate under the guidance of the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) together with the assistance of the Army.
The PMD added that the President had proposed to establish a special Tourism Police Unit consisting of individuals fluent in multiple languages, in areas largely visited by tourists.