The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced guidelines to be considered before relaxing restrictions in place to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic
"As more and more countries consider how to ease so-called lockdown restrictions, I want to reiterate the six criteria that WHO recommends countries consider," said WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


“First, that surveillance is strong, cases are declining and transmission is controlled;

Third, that outbreak risks are minimized in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes;

Fourth, that preventive measures are in place in workplaces, schools and other places where it’s essential for people to go;

Fifth, that importation risks can be managed;

And sixth, that communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the "new norm".

The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully, and in a phased approach, warns the head of WHO.
 
Curfew lifted on Monday
 
Islandwide curfew has been in effect from 8 pm on May 6 and will continue to be in effect until 5 am on May 11.

The President’s Office in a statement said that public and private sector companies in the high-risk districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, and Puttalam can resume operations on May 11.

Accordingly, private companies can resume operations at 10 am, while employers can choose the number of workers who should report to work.