ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has declared ports, petroleum, public transport including railway, services offered by district secretaries and Grama Niladhari officers, local government bodies, the central bank, and state bank and insurance services as essential services.
An extraordinary gazette notification declaring these services essential was issued May 27 afternoon.
The decision was taken to ensure that these services aren’t interrupted, as per the gazette, in Sri Lanka’s ongoing curfew-style movement restrictions imposed in an effort to contain the COVID-19 epidemic.
Movement restrictions are in place island-wide till June 7 with 17-hour intervals on May 31 and June 04 for people to purchase groceries and medicine.
COVID-19 cases have surged in Sri Lanka, with daily cases over 2,500.
Meanwhile, some 12,000 Grama Niladharis (public officials who head sub-units of divisional secretariats) have gone on strike demanding vaccination against COVID-19. (Colombo/May27/2021)