ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Colombo Stock Exchange will be closed Tuesday, a Securities and Exchange Commission spokesman said as the government extended holiday in a bid to halt the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
A decision on the next two days will be made later in the day, he said.
The government declared three holidays asking all non-essential businesses not to operate on March 17, 18 and 19 while asking some key government services and private businesses in banking, food transport and distribution to operate.
“Do not consider these Public Holidays (government agencies),’ the state information office said in a statement.
“Except for health, food supply, transport, essential services, banks, District Secretary and other divisional secretary offices, the holiday would apply to all ministries, departments, corporation and state agencies.
“The government is asking the holiday be given to the private sector as well.
“Monitoring the transmission of the COVID19 virus the government may or may not extend this holiday.”
Sri Lanka has already closed schools, universities, museums and zoos. (Colombo/Mar17/2020)