An islandwide Police curfew is currently in effect due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sri Lanka and is temporarily lifted in various areas on selected days between 6-8 hours.
The secretary to the Ministry of Posts had instructed the Postmaster General to operate post offices during non – curfew hours following a discussion with Minister of Higher Education, Technology, Innovation, Information and Media Bandula Gunawardena.
The Government Information Department said a decision was also taken to hand over all vehicles belonging to the Department of Posts to the District Secretariats for the distribution of essential goods.
It was also decided to offer post offices for the requirements of the National Operational Center for Prevention of COVID -19, it said.
The Government Information Department further said that postmen will be used for the distribution of essential medicines from hospitals to individuals who were instructed to self-quarantine at their residences on suspicion of having contracted the coronavirus.
It added that the medicines will be distributed to the patients residences based on the advice of the National Operational Center for Prevention of COVID -19 and medical certificates from hospitals providing details of the patients.
Banks declared essential services
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Commercial Banks, Insurance Services and the Treasury were declared as essential services by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.
Health, security, Police, distribution of essential goods, Department of Excise, electricity, water and fuel supply were earlier declared as essential services by the Government.
The Presidents’ Media Division (PMD) said the CBSL has been instructed to ensure that the CBSL, Commercial Banks, Insurance Services and the Treasury operate during the islandwide Police curfew currently imposed in the country due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera had informed the Governor of CBSL Prof. W.D. Lakshman on the President’s decision, which the former said was taken to fulfill the monetary requirements of the public during the curfew.
The PMD said the public have been requested to only visit these institutions for very urgent matters and to also follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health when stepping outdoors.