The head office in Battaramulla and all regional branches of the Department for Registration of Persons will be closed from Monday until further notice.
Commissioner General of the Department Vianni Gunathilaka said the decision was taken after several employees at the Department tested positive for COVID-19.
The Commissioner General noted they decided to limit employees of internal offices, to help curb control the virus.
However, individuals who have submitted applications for National Identity Cards will receive IDs via the mentioned postal addresses.
Meanwhile, special arrangements have been made for the public to obtain NICs for emergency purposes such as for examinations, interviews and for passports.
Individuals who seek to obtain NICs for emergencies can contact the Department via phone on working days.
Moreover, Commissioner General Gunathilaka requested individuals to obtain further details of the facilities provided by the Department through either though phone numbers or through the email address email@example.com.