Mar 23, 2020

Govt. issues guidelines on how to shop safe when curfew is lifted Featured

Except for in 08 districts, the islandwide curfew imposed in Sri Lanka was lifted at 6.00 am today (23) for a period of 08 hours.

It will be re-imposed at 2.00pm again.

The government decided to impose an island-wide curfew on Friday (20) evening and since then, curfew imposed on the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna have been extended until 6.00am tomorrow (24).

However, curfew will be re-imposed again in these districts at 2.00pm.

Shop safely

The government has issued a series of guidelines and practices on how to keep each other safe, especially as large gatherings of people are expected at shops to purchase their daily needs, once the curfew is relaxed.

Issuing a statement, the President's Media Division said prevention is the main instrument in combating this global health threat.

"Maintaining social distance of at least of 1m when people are at public places such as markets, offices, bus and railway stations has been recognized as the best way to prevent the transmission of the pathogen. Also, health advises given by the experts should be followed," it said."Although, the purchase of food and other items is essential, the Government requests the public to follow health tips issued by the relevant authorities. A distance of 1m between each other should always be kept when entering shops and when inside them. The public is being advised to cover their mouths and noses in a proper manner when coughing or sneezing. The prescribed distance should be maintained when plying in public transport."

"The same procedure has to be followed at fuel stations and gas stands. The congregation of people could be minimized if only one member from each family go to the market. This will be helpful to maintain the social distance as required. Adequate stocks of food and other essential items are available. Measures have been taken to distribute them throughout the country. Hence, the Government points out that there is no need of panic buying and piling goods. Buying only the most essentials to be used during curfew hours will be helpful to limit the time spent in crowded places."