A decision has been reached to close shops in several towns in the Matara District from today.
Accordingly, the Akuressa and Kamburupitiya Shops Association decided to close shops.
Mayor of Matara Ranjith Yasarathne requested citizens living within the Matara municipality, neighbouring areas and individuals travelling through Matara to refrain from visiting the area unless for essential reasons.
Yasarathne said authorities held a discussion yesterday and decided to assist the government in efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added they directed the Matara Shops Association to close businesses for several days to discourage the public from travelling for non-essential purposes.