The decision to summon expectant women engaged in the state service to work, has been suspended.
State Minister Channa Jayasumana speaking in Parliament today said other employees will be summoned to work weekly, under two phases.
The State Minister said a special discussion was held today at the Ministry of Finance pertaining to the rapid spread of the Delta virus variant.
He said the discussion focused on maintaining and balancing the country’s economy whilst mitigating the threat of the coronavirus.
The State Minister said the much debated matter recently, summoning state workers to service, was also discussed at the meeting.
State Minister Jayasumana claimed a decision was reached for expectant women to work from home and to ensure necessary facilities are provided.
He stated a circular in this regard will be issued by the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government.
Accordingly, individuals reporting to work will do so on a rotational basis, the first batch working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the second batch Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The State Minister said a majority of persons who tested positive were those who attended functions such as weddings and when consuming meals in groups, especially at times that masks are not being worn.