13 March 2020 – Visas for all Europeans suspended for two weeks, public gatherings minimised

Type of Intervention: Guidance, New Tool / Service / Body, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education, Executive Office, Health, Immigration, Tourism
Level of Jurisdiction: National and institutional
Lead People/Agency: Task Force

Overview: Discussion and media release:
Education on Covid 19 for the staff members of Ministries, Departments and Corporations.
Visa for Europeans suspended for 2 weeks and Sri Lankans arriving from Europe to have 2 weeks of quarantine
Measures to disinfect public transport
Case studies on China’s success
Directives to minimize public gatherings
Utilize internet for educational and service purposes
It was noted that firms, which can make 150,000 face masks daily, have been identified.

Full details here: https://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk/index.php/2020/03/13/concrete-decisions-to-prevent-spread-of-covid-19/?lang=en

Type of Justification: Learning from other jurisdictions, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Anecdotal Evidence (e.g. social or traditional media with limited evidence base)
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation
Evidence/Justification: Perceived threat and accepted measures to control a contagion coming from overseas