Sri Lanka Government source reports today(17) that the Manning Market in Pettah will be closed for another week to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
This decision has been taken into account the existing health risks of COVID-19 outbreak.
Retail vendors who already purchased vegetables and fruits from the Manning Market are also advised to visit the aforementioned dedicated economic centers.
Farmers have been requested to delay the harvesting activities for possible crops, as the temporary closure of wholesale markets can result in wastage of vegetables and fruits harvests.
It was also further stated that, as per the directives of the President, the government will continue procuring vegetable and fruit harvests from the farmers via public agents and agrarian service centers.