The Government yesterday issued yet another clarification on the resumption of civilian life with effect from 11 May while the curfew is in force.
The new notice was made by way of a Question and Answer method so as to clear the confusion that has arisen due to the notices that were issued earlier.
Below are details of the latest notice:-
01.What are the districts where the curfew is on and at what times?
• Curfew will be effective in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam until further notice.
• In the rest of the district’s curfew will remain from 8 a.m on 5 p.m. till Wednesday , 6 May. Curfew which will be re-imposed in these districts at 8 p.m.on Wednesday, 6 May will be in force till 5 a.m on Monday, 11 May.
02. When will the resumption of civilian life and office work begin while curfew is still in force?
• While curfew is still in force civilian life in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will resume from Monday,11 May .
• Although, this plan was scheduled to be implemented from Monday, 4 May, due to four holidays falling this week it was extended till Monday, May 11.
03. How do the primary functions relating to resumption of civilian life progress?
• Both public and private sector entities in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam should re-commence their work from Monday, 11 May.
• Heads of each institute have already had been instructed to work out a plan based on their requirements.
• Head of each entity should ensure strict adherence to the prescribed health guidelines issued to control the spread of COVID – 19 viruses while carrying out their operations.
• The private sector entities are requested to open for work at 10 a.m. daily.
• The responsibility to decide who should come to office work and their number lies with head of each organization.
• Buses belonging to Sri Lanka Transport Board and railway carriages can only transport employees of both public and private sectors who are reporting for work.
04. For what purposes can people leave their homes during curfew hours?
• Civilians except those who are required to report to work are requested to remain in their homes as a measure to control the disease.
• People are allowed to leave their homes only to purchase essential items such as food and medicines.
05. What are the areas where people are permitted to leave their homes based on the last digit of the NIC and from when?
• Only in areas where the curfew is in force
• From Monday, 11 May
• This system does not apply to areas where the curfew is relaxed
The notice said the Government expects the public will refrain from gathering unnecessarily by following above guidelines even when the curfew is lifted.
“Revival of the economy and the resumption of civilian life will take place while curfew regulations are effective and controlling unnecessary congregation of people as a measure to prevent the spread of the disease is a prime objective of this mechanism,” it said.