Several Traders Associations have decided to close shops in towns around the island, joining several who made the decision recently in view of the Covid-19 crisis in the country, ‘Ada Derana’ reports.
Accordingly, Badulla, Trincomalee, Ratnapura and Balangoda towns will close all shops from today (18) for a week.
Shops in Welimada and Anuradhapura will be closed from tomorrow (19) for a week as well.
Shops in Buttala will close from midnight tomorrow (19) till the 25th.
Previously, 9 major towns in Sri Lanka decided to close shops on a voluntary decision taken to curb the spread of Covid-19.
They were Gampaha, Ambalantota, Ambalangoda, Maradagamula, Veyangoda, Dankotuwa, Serunuwara, Palapathwela and Ulapane.
Kaizer Street closed
Shop owners on Kaizer Street, Pettah – famous for its apparel wholesale and retail trade – closed their shops for 10 days from yesterday (17).
Closure, politically motivated – Johnston
Meanwhile, Minister of Highways, Johnston Fernando stated that the closure of shops in main cities is an effort to mislead the country and was politically motivated.
When rallies were banned to prevent the spread of Covid-19, some stated that it was political oppression; but now, the opposition wants to score even at the risk of public well being, he said, adding that the closure of shops is an effort to destabilise the economy.