The Ministry of Health has given advice and suggestions that the Hindu community celebrating the Deepavali festival should adhere to.
- Religious festivals should not be held in Kovils, communities or estates to celebrate the forthcoming Deepavali festival, the Ministry of Health has stated.
- In order to maintain the good feelings that the festival brings, the public must ensure that no Hindu devotee contracts the COVID-19 virus during this festival season, Minister Viraj Abeysinghe said.
- Ministry advises the public to stop spreading the infection to their loved ones in high-risk areas such as Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara by staying at their residences instead of gathering.
- Deepavali should be celebrated at home without going on holidays, the Ministry suggests.
- The notice by the Health Ministry advises the public not to light open flames after using hand sanitizer which contains highly flammable alcohol.
In addition, the devotees are advised to greet their loved ones by telephone calls and prevent touch by not making gestures such as shaking hands or hugging.
Further, parties involving alcohol and tobacco should not be held, the Ministry said.