ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s unofficial COVID-19 lockdown that was scheduled to be lifted June 14 has been extended to 4am June 21, according to Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advised that travel restrictions be maintained till 4am Monday June 21. Essential services will continue to operate, as will mobile services that deliver essential food items,” he said.
Silva said major construction work, apparel factories and agriculture activities will also get the permission to operate under strict health guidelines. Weekly marketplaces (sathi pola) outside the Western province will also be permitted to operate subject to guidelines.
All ‘economic centres’, or agricultural exchanges, around the island will be open for two days next week, Silva said, adding that vendors will be notified in the coming days.
The curfew-style travel restrictions imposed by the government will thus continue for the fourth consecutive week starting tomorrow (12). Sri Lanka went for an all-island travel ban on May 21 amid calls from doctors to lock down the country to contain surging COVID-19 cases. (Colombo/ June 11/2021)