Opposition MPs in dilemma over COVID regulations

2020-10-20 at 12:57

The opposition today demanded the Speaker of House and the government to revisit the seating arrangements within the Parliament chamber before holding sittings.

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said MPs are openly violating the health regulations gazetted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

He said Parliament should ensure that MPs will be able to maintain a distance of a metre and also adhere to other regulations included in the COVID-19 prevention gazette.

Premadasa noted that country’s laws are enacted in Parliament and therefore MPs should also adhere to such regulations.

He said Parliamentarians should set an example to the general public by complying with health regulations.

In response, Leader of House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said all party leaders agreed to hold the parliament sittings this week.

Minister Gunawardena noted that during the last party leaders’ meeting the agenda for the week was also ratified with the consensus of the attendees.