Measures to normalise public life while curfew is in effect

Sunday, 26 April 2020

The Curfew currently in force in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts will continue until May 04 while curfew in all other districts will be relaxed at 5.00 am on Monday April 27 and will be re-imposed at 8.00 pm on the same day.

Thereafter, the curfew in these districts will be in effect between 8.00 pm and 5.00 am every day from May 01st until further notice.

The curfew regulations will be relaxed from May 04th in order to facilitate the operations of the state and private companies from in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts despite the curfew which could be in force.

All the state departments, corporations, statuary boards and private sector industries, working places, fish, vegetables and retail stores can also be operated under strict regulations.

The private sector entities should open to work at 10.00 am daily. The head of each organization has the freedom to decide who should report to work and the number of employees.

The Government has stipulated that only 1/3rd of the total workforce of the state organizations should report to work. All the employees of the state sector who are not required to report for work should work from home.

The responsibility to decide who should come to office and who should work from home lies with the head of the companies.

These organizations should strictly follow the Coronavirus prevention measures endorsed by health authorities. The heads of these companies could decide to alternatively bring in staff in batches on different dates.

Meanwhile, the President’s Office said public transport would only be allowed for the use of persons travelling for work while others should refrain from travelling unnecessarily.

People are permitted to go out only to buy medicines or essential goods to the places closest to their residence, preferably within walking distance from their homes.