Sri Lanka re­sumes eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in cap­i­tal amid cur­few


Colombo: Sri Lanka’s cap­i­tal Colombo re­sumed eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day af­ter Pres­i­dent Gotabaya Ra­japaksa an­nounced that pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ees could re-start work af­ter over a month since a cur­few was declared on March 20 amid the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Po­lice said al­though a cur­few would con­tinue in Colombo and on the out­skirt of Gam­paha, the pub­lic could re-start work in or­der to get the econ­omy back on track. Thou­sands of Po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel were de­ployed in Colombo and on the out­skirts to en­sure health guide­lines are main­tained while pub­lic trans­port such as trains and buses are avail­able only to trans­port em­ploy­ees to work. Po­lice said em­ploy­ees had to pro­duce some proof of em­ploy­ment to the law of­fi­cers and to trans­port work­ers be­fore board­ing trains and buses.

Of­fices were also urged to main­tain strict health guide­lines and op­er­ate un­der limited staff while the oth­ers were told to re­main in­doors due to the cur­few. Su­per­mar­kets and gro­cery stores also re-opened to the pub­lic for them to pur­chase es­sen­tial items while restau­rants, cin­e­mas and shop­ping malls would re­main closed un­til fur­ther no­tice. Banks also re­sumed nor­mal op­er­a­tions, Po­lice said.

In sev­eral ar­eas across Colombo, med­i­cal work­ers were seen check­ing body tem­per­a­tures and urg­ing em­ploy­ees to wash their hands be­fore en­ter­ing their work­places.

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