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Monday declared a public holiday: Home Affairs Ministry

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The Government had declared Monday (16) as a Public Holiday, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Janaka Bandara Thennakoon said.

He said the decision was taken according to the holidays Act No29 of 1971 to support quarantine process on COVID-19 and said this holiday would be extended if situation warrants. However, the Ministry had requested the wholesale and retail traders to remain open.

In the meantime, the Health Ministry had announced Monday would be a normal working day for health workers, as health is an essential service.

However, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) yesterday requested private organisations to provide the opportunity for all their employees who were able to work from home to do so, in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While issuing a notice they said it is important to use the internet and communication services that have been provided.

The Association further instructed the public to use online services for bill payments and banking, instead of gathering in public places.

The Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardane yesterday requested the private sector employers to grant holiday for all the employees on Monday (16). (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Hans perlee Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:06 AM

    Why is that? To celebrate the virus??

    Ranjit Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:20 AM

    Country adds more to already world's highest number of annual holidays. The paradise for easy life.

    Honey Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:58 AM

    Short of money!!

    Sokrates Sunday, 15 March 2020 11:25 AM

    What is this nonsense for? Should people worship the virus?

    Being human Sunday, 15 March 2020 11:36 AM

    So how does one day holiday gonna prevent CORONA VURUS..?

    Peopo Sunday, 15 March 2020 06:12 PM

    Hi dons declare for two wks. They dont do any s(j)ops no.


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