Health Ministry announces services permitted during lockdown

Health Ministry announces services permitted during lockdown

Sat, Aug 21, 2021, 08:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 21, Colombo: The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has issued a general guide for health, local security and local administrative bodies to have a clear understanding on what services are to operate during the implementation of the quarantine curfew.

The government yesterday imposed a ten-day nationwide quarantine curfew from 10 pm Friday, August 20th until 4 am Monday, August 30th.

According to the Director-General of Health Services, persons engaged in permitted functions will require to cross boundaries and should be allowed. The permitted functions must be carried out strictly adhering to the health guidelines already provided.

Accordingly, the health services including emergency services at all curative care health institutions, ambulance, laboratory and diagnostic services, pharmacies, COVID vaccination programs will continue to operate as usual. MOH offices and Staff will be fully functional.

However, no routine clinics will be held, but medicines will be sent to registered clinic patients and essential home visits for maternal and child healthcare services by Public Health Midwifery MOH team for high risk target group, family planning services should be provided on demand.

All Police stations, Grama Niladhari, all field- based officials and Local Government authorities- with the required staff, as decided by the relevant authority will continue to operate.

There is no impediment to the maintenance of utility services including electricity, water, telecommunications, petrol stations, LP gas stations, motor garages/ tire services- with required staff to maintain services and respond to urgent breakdowns and Road maintenance/constructions are to continue.

Banks will remain open only for limited financial transactions and the Ministry of Health requests that customers be encouraged to online banking.

Distributors of essential goods are permitted and can operate delivery services for the distribution of groceries as well as bakery products.

Transportation is permitted only for licensed essential services and delivery services.

In the event of a non-Covid death, the funeral must be completed within 24 hours with the participation of only the closest relatives in the family.

People over the age of 65 are advised not to leave the home for any reason except for health needs.

Daily paid laborers (at constructions sites etc) are allowed to work with specific restrictions imposed to employers on social distancing and basic hygiene measures.

All non-essential activities including religious gatherings, social gatherings, restaurants, hotels, guest houses, village fairs, tuition classes, sports festivals, cinemas, Spas etc. are not allowed.

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