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Local airports to be opened for tourists from Jan. 21

All local airports will be opened for tourists from Jan. 21, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga says.

The minister confirmed this during a media briefing this morning (05).

He added that measures have been taken to follow strict health and safety protocols.

The minister said he hoped that commercial flights will be back to normal by Jan. 23.

Legal action if health regulations flouted

Speaking further, the minister said that health regulations for the present pilot project are being updated and any company or institution who are bringing down tourists to the island are bound to follow them. If not, we will take legal action and not allow them to continue their initiative further. The guidelines would be announced soon, he added.

The minister also said that 14 tourism spots have been identified for the visitors to go if th