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The Colombo Municipality reassures the city that emergency services are functioning normally

Most services at the Colombo Municipality are closed after staffer tests Covid positive/Facebook

ECONOMYNEXT – Although Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo, is facing a Covid 19 threat, citizens of the city still carry out transactions with the Municipality online and submit applications for various matters, an announcement from the city said.

This arrangement will be in place for the next two weeks, the announcement released through the Department of Government Information said.

Yesterday Colombo Mayor Rosie Senanayake warned city councillors asking them not to come to the City Hall today and discourage constituents to come to the Municipality offices.

This is after a senior staffer tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid 19 (NOCPOC) said.

No members of the public are permitted to enter the Municipality building but applications for permits and services can be submitted at the single-window application counter situated outside the main building, the announcement said.

People needing to pay property taxes can do so through the People’s Bank or Bank of Ceylon. Other rents and payments can be made online at https://www.colombo.mc.gov.lk using credit cards or Dialog eZ-cash, it said

Commercial Bank account holders can pay their taxes online as before.

The announcement can be downloaded here:Colombo-municipal-council-announcement

Meanwhile the Municipal Commissioner Roshanie Dissanayake has directed that except for the Child and Maternity Clinics all other services at the Municipal Building would be closed, Wijayamuni said.

The Commissioner, who was also at the Finance Committee, is also expected to self-quarantine and take a PCR test. (Colombo October 16, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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