Updates on curfew in Sri Lanka
- On 1 May, in order to return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive economy, the government announced that the resumption of businesses and private sector activities will begin from 11 May 2020. The resumption of operation shall strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the relevant authorities. Public will still refrain from unnecessary trips and gatherings, except travelling for basic necessities and work.
- For curfew, it will be effective for districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara,and Puttalam until further notice. For the rest of the districts, the curfew will be relaxed on 6 May and, reimposed on the same day until 5.00am on 11 May 2020.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- Following the announcement of resumption, the private sector entities are requested to operate at 10.00am daily. The head of organisation will decide the number of employees to come to work. In addition, in terms of transportation, buses belonging to Sri Lanka Transport Board and railway carriages will only provide services for employees who are reporting for work.
- The government of Sri Lanka has notified temporary suspension of import of commodities from 16 April to 15 July, 2020. The commodities include a range of food and agriculture commodities.
- FIA continues to work closely with the Food and Beverage Sub-Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to monitor the progress of development of the curfew situation in Sri Lanka