Volumes of people have gathered at the Colombo International Book Fair (CIBF) despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, according to organizers.
The annual event organized by the Book Publishers Association for the 22nd consecutive year, is currently underway at the BMICH, under strict guidelines. With Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. onboard as media sponsors, CIBF is a major event in the public calendar. This year’s Book Fair however has attracted several criticisms due to concerns over the possible spread of coronavirus.
“Because it’s the first time that people have been allowed to attend a public function like this, there is an unexpected crowd. It’s understandable as people have been cooped up for six to eight months,” President of the Association Mr. Vijitha Yapa said. He assured however that strict measures are in place in order to maintain social distancing and hygiene.