Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Sun­day Masses in cur­few-im­posed ar­eas can­celled

Re­spec­tive priests to de­cide whether to limit the par­tic­i­pants and the num­ber of masses that would be con­ducted

- BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPU­LLE Religion · Gampaha · Sri Lanka · Minuwangoda · Kirindiwela

• Masses in other ar­eas could be held un­der strict re­stric­tions and ad­her­ing to the health guide­lines

The Sun­day masses in cur­few im­posed ar­eas will be can­celled fol­low­ing de­tec­tion of a num­ber of COVID-19 pos­i­tive cases from the Minuwangod­a Ap­parel Fac­tory clus­ter, Spokesman for the Arch­dio­cese of Colombo Rev. Fr. Camil­lus Fer­nando said.

Ac­cord­ingly, the cur­few is in force in Minuwangod­a, Veyan­goda, Divu­lapi­tiya, Ke­laniya, Ja-ela, Gam­paha, Kirindi­wela, Dompe, Pu­goda, Ganemulla, Weer­ag­ula, Weli­w­eriya, Mal­wathuhirip­i­tiya, Nit­tam­buwa, Mirigama, Pallewela, Yakkala, Ja-ela, Kan­dana and See­duwa.

Rev. Fr. Fer­nando also said masses in other ar­eas could be held un­der strict re­stric­tions and ad­her­ing to the health guide­lines such as wear­ing face masks, main­tain­ing so­cial dis­tance.“it is up to the re­spec­tive parish priests to de­cide whether to limit the par­tic­i­pants and the num­ber of masses that would be con­ducted,” Fr. Fer­nando added.

Mean­while, Wakf Board of Sri Lanka has re­stricted the max­i­mum num­ber of wor­shipers for Fri­day prayers and all other prayers to 50 at a time.

The Min­istry of Bud­dhasasana, Re­li­gious and Cul­tural Af­fairs has in­formed all the devo­tees to re­strict re­li­gious prac­tices at pub­lic places of wor­ship.

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