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Commissioner General of the Department of Buddhist Affairs Sunanda Kariyapperuma states that he has requested from the chief prelates of every temple that the Katina ceremony be carried out with according to health and safety practices adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting the number of devotees who take part.

He also stated that while the necessary health and safety practices must be followed at this critical time, no action will be taken to prevent the Buddhist community from taking part in this important annual ceremony. He further stated that all devotees must strictly adhere to t such guidelines. 

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