The Ministry of Health will prepare guidelines for conducting parliamentary sessions within the next few days in keeping with COVID 29 related guidelines and practices.

The decision to prepare the guidelines was taken yesterday after a group of health officials from the MOH accompanied by the Deputy Director General Dr. Laxman Gamlath visited the Parliament premises to decide on measures to be taken in compliance with health guidelines prior to that start of sittings of the new Parliament.

Health and parliamentary officials discussed the importance of ensuring that parliamentarians,  Parliament staff, security personnel and visitors are protected from exposure to COVID-19.

The officials visited the chamber of Parliament, library, members lobby and canteen, staff canteen and many other places within the premises including the public, media and VIP galleries.

The health officials pointed out the importance of restricting visitors to Parliament until the COVID 19 situation subsides in the future.

Later they had a discussion with the senior management of the Parliament on the health precautions currently in place and the practical issues faced by the Parliament.

Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake stressed that all necessary steps will be taken to conduct future Parliamentary sessions in a hygienic manner based on the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake, Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Neil Iddawala , Sarjeant at Arms Narendra Fernando and high officials of Parliament were at the discussion.