Lanka aims to ease all Covid-19 curbs by June
May 11 2020 12:43 AM
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A firefighter wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitise a road as a preventive measure against the coronavirus a day before the government-imposed nationwide lockdown being eased, in Colombo yesterday.

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The Sri Lankan government aims at total relaxation of the curfew restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic by June, a minister has said.
The minister said that the government was targeting the total lifting of all restrictions by early June depending on the progress after May 11 when it will partially relax few curbs, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.
Basic guidelines were now being worked out for people to follow when carrying out their routine activities, despite the pandemic, once such the restrictions were lifted partially on May 11.
The government imposed curfew restrictions in March after the corona cases escalated.
The first Sri Lankan national infected with the disease was 
reported on March 11.
As of Saturday, there were 835 Covid-19 cases in the country, with nine deaths.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has express optimism that the economy adversely affected by the Covid–19 pandemic could be rebuilt on a solid basis, the President’s Media Division (PMD) has said.
The Presidential Task Force in charge of the Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication has been entrusted with the responsibility of formulating a new economic model to achieve this objective, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported citing the PMD as saying.
The president expressed these views during a meeting with the members of the newly-appointed Task Force held at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss modalities relating to the resumption of 
civilian life and work from May 11.
“Apparel and tourism sectors which make a huge contribution to the national economy should be revitalised to suit the 
changing situations,” he said.
Rajapaksa was also of the view that new opportunities were now open to attract tourists from countries where the 
pandemic had subdued.
While members of the Task Force were told to pay attention to promote domestic tourism so that the local hotel industry could be saved from collapse, the president also pointed out the possibility of attracting more foreign investors to invest in the Port City and the Industrial Zone in Hambantota.
Basil Rajapaksa, head of the Task Force, said that it will support new businesses and extend the fullest cooperation to already existing large, medium and small scale enterprises.



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