Sri Lankans requested to ‘work from home’

2020-03-19 at 13:05

The government says all possible measures have been taken to contain the spread of COVID–19.

The President’s Media Division said it is the responsibility of every government, semi-government and private entities as well as the general public to ensure that the situation does not escalate to a pandemic.

Issuing a statement the PMD said after careful consideration of all aspects, the government has declared a period of ‘work from home’ for both the public and private sectors from tomorrow to the 27th of March.

This duration the PMD said will not be considered public holidays except the 21st and 22nd of March, the weekend.

It noted the government must continue public services without disruptions.

The decision was reached in order to prevent the congregation of people.

The President’s Media Division said relevant authorities must take steps to ensure the continuous supply of essential services including health, public administration, transportation, banking, food, water, electricity, distribution of fertiliser and paddy purchasing.

It noted that the activities of District Secretariats and Divisional Secretariats should also continue.

The PMD said a technological approach should be used to prevent the public from gathering at offices, and to maintain the delivery of public service while decision making and problem solving.

The President’s Media Division said the main objective is to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Private Sector has been advised through all Chambers of Commerce to engage in businesses as per the mentioned guidelines.