Pharmacies and supermarkets ordered to close

All supermarkets and pharmacies have been ordered to remain closed during the islandwide Police curfew in effect due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has instructed all Officers -in – Charge (OIC) of Police Stations to immediately close down all supermarkets opened to the public during the curfew.

The Police Media Unit said the Government has granted permission to all supermarkets to only conduct online orders and delivery services during the curfew.

However, there are reports of certain supermarkets remaining open to the public during curfew hours, it said.

The Police Media Unit further said as a result, the IGP has instructed to immediately close down supermarkets remaining open during curfew hours.

The IGP has also instructed all small scale grocery stores to remain closed during the Police curfew.

Meanwhile, all pharmacies, except for the state- run Rajya Osu Sala outlets, have also been instructed to close down to the public until further notice by the IGP.

The Police Media Unit said private pharmacies have been granted permission to conduct delivery service of pre- ordered medicines to the residences of customers.

The Ministry of Health has identified pharmacies islandwide for this purpose and the list can be accessed via the website: 

The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said payments can be made online or in cash on delivery.

In order to purchase the drugs, customers have been requested to send a photograph of their recent prescriptions via Whatsapp / Viber / IMO to the selected pharmacies, he said.

Dr. Jasinghe added that pharmacies have been instructed to deliver the medicines within 24- hours of the order, with instructions of consumption of the drugs and the pharmacist’s contact number. (Colombo Gazette)


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