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Sri Lanka to resume work on May 11 amid partial Coronavirus curfew

CORONAVIRUS BATTLE: Sri Lanka has imposed strict curfews to curb the spread of community spread of Covid-19.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state and government businesses should open from 1000am on May 11, though partial curfews will continue, the President’s office said.

“Civilians except those who are essentially required to report to work are requested to remain in their homes,” the President’s office said.

“While the curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, the resumption of civilian life and state and private sector activities will begin from Monday, 11th May.

“People are allowed to leave their homes only to purchase essential items such as food and medicines. Corona prevention health recommendations should strictly be followed at each instance.”

Curfew in other districts of the island except in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will only be effective from 8.00 pm to 5.00am everyday till Wednesday, the 06th of May, the President’s office said.

The curfew which will be imposed at 8.00pm on Wednesday, the 06th of May will continue till 5.00am on May 11th.

Sri Lanka has been aggressively contact tracing to contain a Coroanvirus outbreak but cases surged in April amid a denial of Coronavirus tests to high risk groups and infected navy officers on leave were allowed to travel out of the red zone in the Western province to other areas.

On May 01, 09 new patients were confirmed by late afternoon, the state information office said. Five were close associates of Sri Lanka Navy personnel, three were Sri Lanka Navy officers and one had been reported from Colombo.

By 2100 hours the total count had gone up to 690 persons.

Sri Lanka has since recalled all military officers on leave and testing has been widened to include some high risk groups. But voluntary tests are still denied to ordinary citizens.

“As a measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus the public must refrain from unnecessarily coming to roads and gathering at various other places,” the statement said.

“Buses belonging to Sri Lanka Transport Board and railway carriages can only transport employees who are reporting for work.”

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The full statement is reproduced below

Resumption of civilian life and office work begins from May 11

While the curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, the resumption of civilian life and state and private sector activities will begin from Monday, 11th May.

In order to ensure return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive the economy including continuous provision of essential services in these districts, both public and private sector entities should resume their work from Monday, 11th May.

Heads of institutes are advised to make necessary arrangements taking into consideration of the required number of employees to run their organizations.

Head of each entity should ensure strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services and other health authorities to control the spread of COVID – 19 virus while carrying out their operations.

The responsibility to decide who should come to office work and their number lies with head of the each state organization including Departments, Corporations and Boards. The private sector entities are requested to open for work at 10.00am daily.

As a measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus the public must refrain from unnecessarily coming to roads and gathering at various other places. Buses belonging to Sri Lanka Transport Board and railway carriages can only transport employees who are reporting for work.

Civilians except those who are essentially required to report to work are requested to remain in their homes.

People are allowed to leave their homes only to purchase essential items such as food and medicines. Corona prevention health recommendations should strictly be followed at each instance.

Curfew passes issued by the Police authorities are valid only if the driver and passengers wear facemasks.

Curfew in other districts of the island except in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will only be effective from 8.00 pm to 5.00am everyday till Wednesday, the 06th of May.

The curfew which will be imposed at 8.00pm on Wednesday, the 06th of May will continue till 5.00am on May 11th.

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