Moves will be taken to start schools promptly in accordance with the health guidelines so as to minimise the damage caused to students, Education and Higher Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said.

He added that most of the schools can probably be started this month under the moves taken by the Ministry. Under the first phase, the schools, which have up to 200 students, will reopen.

The Minister was inaugurating the construction of the Maharagama Madiwela Rural People's Fair on Saturday on his decentralised allocations in Parliament at the request of the people of the area including the Madiwala Community Council to provide the public the opportunity to sell non-toxic vegetables, fruits and self-employment products.