Minister of Health and Indigenous Medical Services Pavithra Wanniarachchi issued the long awaited gazette regulations cited as the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Elections) Regulations, No. 1 of 2020 today.

They were promulgated under the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance .

The regulations allow up to 500 persons to attend political rallies attended by party leaders while the number of those attending other meetings are restricted to three hundred.

The regulations makes it mandatory for every person who intends to organise a meeting in relation to an election during the period of an election to  give written notice   24 hours prior to the commencement of such meeting to the Medical Officer of Health of the area in which such meeting is to be held.

The organizer are required to maintain a record of the name, identity card number and contact detail of every person attending such meeting;provide adequate hand washing facility with soap or sanitiser for the persons attending such meeting and ensure that every person who attends such premises washes their hands before entering the premises; ensure social distancing not less than one metre between two persons including speakers attending such meeting; ensure that every person who attends such meeting wears a face mask at all times and disinfect equipment such as microphones immediately use by a person.