The Government pushed back the date for the resumption of civilian life and office work  to May 11 and requested work places to make necessary arrangements taking into consideration the  guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services and other health authorities to control the spread of COVID – 19 virus.

The Government had previously announced 4 May to resume work but  ahead of the Vesak Poya holiday that begins on Thursday, the day was pushed back by a  week with an island wide curfew from 8 p.m. on Wednesday 6 May till 5 a.m. on 11 May.

Under the newly issued instructions, work in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam where a curfew has been in place for over a month, work can resume under the curfew from 11 May.

“In order to ensure return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive the economy including continuous provision of essential services in these districts, both public and private sector entities should resume their work from 11 May. Heads of institutes are advised to make necessary arrangements taking into consideration of the required number of employees to run their organizations. Head of each entity should ensure strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services and other health authorities to control the spread of COVID – 19 virus while carrying out their operations," the President’ Media Division (PMD ) said.

The responsibility on deciding who and how many reports to work lies with the head of each state institute. Buses belonging to Sri Lanka Transport Board and railway carriages can only transport employees who are reporting for work.

Members of the public  except those who are required to report to work are requested to remain in their homes. People will be allowed to leave their homes only to purchase essential items such as food and medicines. COVID-19 prevention health recommendations should strictly be followed at each instance. Curfew passes issued by the Police authorities are valid only if the driver and passengers wear face masks.

The private sector organizations  are requested to open for work at 10 a.m. daily