Sri Lanka mulls extending holiday to battle virus

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is mulling an extended holiday for the public sector as the authorities struggle to contain the spread of the Coronavirus that has infected at least 11 people and sent over 1,700 people into quarantine.

Public Administration Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon in a Gazette notification on Sunday said the special public and bank holiday was aimed at supporting the quarantine efforts underway.

“This holiday will be extending (sic) if necessary,” he said.

Official sources said the government was debating whether to have a week-long holiday that would amount to a partial shut down or have a shorter break.

The government has not declared Monday as a mercantile holiday, but urged employers to use their discretion. (COLOMBO, March 15, 2020)