Sri Lanka, April 8 -- All pharmacies across the country will open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Thursday (09).

This was decided at the meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, headed by its Chairman Basil Rajapaksa and Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, yesterday.

As per the decision, all pharmacies island-wide, even the ones in high-risk zones for COVID-19 where the curfew is in force until further notice, will be open for services. Curfew imposed in other districts, excluding for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy, and Jaffna, is to be temporarily lifted this Thursday.

The Task Force also decided that all Ayurveda hospitals should operate during curfew hours.

Every dispensary or registered dispensary in...