The Department of Posts has been instructed to operate all post offices for a minimum of 2 hours during non- curfew hours.
An islandwide Police curfew is currently in effect due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sri Lanka and is temporarily lifted in various areas on selected days between 6-8 hours.
The secretary to the Ministry of Posts had instructed the Postmaster General to operate post offices during non – curfew hours following a discussion with Minister of Higher Education, Technology, Innovation, Information and Media Bandula Gunawardena.
The Government Information Department said a decision was also taken to hand over all vehicles belonging to the Department of Posts to the District Secretariats for the distribution of essential goods.
It was also decided to offer post offices for the requirements of the National Operational Center for Prevention of COVID -19, it said.
The Government Information Department further said that postmen will be used for the distribution of essential medicines from hospitals to individuals who were instructed to self- quarantine at their residences on suspicion of having contracted the coronavirus.
It added that the medicines will be distributed to the patients residences based on the advice of the National Operational Center for Prevention of COVID -19 and medical certificates from hospitals providing details of the patients. (Colombo Gazette)