Parliament to re-open Public Gallery from tomorrow

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –The restrictions imposed on the public to visit the Parliament have been relaxed from tomorrow (20) and the Public Gallery of the Parliament will be opened to the public from tomorrow, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said.

The Committee on Parliamentary Business which met last week has decided to approve the proposal made by the Serjeant-at-Arms to relax the restrictions currently enforced in connection with the entry to the Parliamentary Complex and to the Galleries due to Covid and security reasons.

As a preliminary step, it was agreed to allow parties who request to visit the Parliament, including school children, on days when there are no parliamentary sittings, the Parliament Communication Department said.

Accordingly, with effect from 20th September, 2022 the School Children will be allowed to visit the Parliamentary Complex on Non-Sitting days from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (except holidays).

The School Authorities can submit their applications for visits to the Serjeant-at-Arms by sending a letter, a Fax (0112777473/ 0112777335) or by applying online through Parliament website.

Student Groups of Universities, Higher Education Institutes registered under the Government and Foreign Tourists too could be availed this facility, the Serjeant-at-Arms states.


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