Offices reopen with strict health guidelines

Staff Correspondent

31st May, 2020 10:47:01 printer

Offices reopen with strict health guidelines

Public and private offices reopened on Sunday maintaining physical distancing and other health guidelines to avoid infection of coronavirus.

The authorities issued 15-point directives restricting all public activities from May 31 to June 15 as part of measures against COVID-19 when the offices and services would run cautiously.

“All government/semi-government/autonomous and private offices will remain open on a limited scale under their own management (from May 31),” according to the cabinet division order which came on Thursday as the ongoing nationwide shutdown is set to expire today.

But the order exempted “vulnerable people, sick employees and pregnant women” from attending offices and directed that all meetings would be held through virtual media debarring physical presence of people in such conferences unless the situation demanded so in extraordinary cases.

The government also allowed restricted reopening of public transport services like passenger buses, trains and ferries with limited number of passengers who must wear protective masks during their movements.

The private aviation operators, however, were allowed to restore flight services under their own management maintaining the health guidelines.

The shops would remain open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm strictly enforcing social and physical distancing and maintaining other health guidelines.

But people’s movement from one district to another will be controlled strictly and monitored through security check posts at the entrance and exit points of the each of the country’s 64 districts.

The government statement said despite the eased shutdown the existing ban on public gatherings and peoples movement without urgent necessity from 8:00pm to 6:00am would remain enforced while violation of the order would be treated as a punishable offence.