Post-Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne has said that distribution of posts in post and sub-post offices several areas will be halted until further notice, due to the spread of COVID-19.
This decision was taken as the residents in the areas were refusing to accept letters and parcels due to the prevailing situation and to ensure the safety of postmen.
Accordingly, the distribution of letters by the Western Province, Galle Main Post Office and its controlled Sub Post Office, Kuliyapitiya and Suburban Post Offices in the Kurunegala District and the Batticaloa District Post and Sub Post Offices will be suspended.
The Post Master General had advised the local administration to take the decision regarding suspension of distribution of letters and other services depending on further reports.
Accepting letters and parcels that will be sent to areas where the services were suspended, was also halted by post offices located in other areas.
Post-Master General Ariyaratne also stated that the Central Mail Exchange and the Post Office will not be open to external customers.
However, in the areas where the distribution of letters was suspended, the distribution of medicines to clinical patients by hospitals and the distribution of medicines ordered by the State pharmacy will continue.