Business community seeks halting of trade activities till mid May

 Seeks halting of trade activities till mid May

With an increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported within the last few days, the business community has requested the Government to close down all trade activities around the country until 15 May.

Sri Lanka Trade Development Council (SLTDC) Chairman Roshana Waduge told The Morning that business activities still remained closed in most areas, even though the Government lifted the curfew in parts other than the Western Province and the Puttalam District as they feared a second wave of Covid-19.

“Until 15 May, there won’t be any positive trade activities going on as Vesak Poya holidays fall next week. Therefore, this would not affect the economy,” he noted.

However, as of yesterday (29), a number of shops around the country remained closed as people feared the spread of coronavirus following tracing over 200 new confirmed cases including Navy personnel.

Shops are to be closed in Nawalapitiya, Polgahawela, and Kuliyapitiya until 4 May after several Covid-19 patients were reported in those areas. The decision had been taken by trade associations and respective municipal councils in those areas.

In addition, shops in Anuradhapura, Tangalle, Beliatta, and other areas where new Covid-19 cases were reported will remain closed due to the fear of the spread of the virus. (MM)