The government has set up a system involving private hotels and resorts to provide free quarantine facilities to Sri Lankan migrant workers returning home from the Middle East and abroad due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE).
Due to the COVID-19 case, the SLBFE will cover all costs associated with quarantine, other medical, food, and transportation for migrant workers returning home.
Only migrant workers who have registered with the SLBFE prior to departure will be able to use these facilities.
Recently Labor Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva instructed the SLBFE to formulate a system and find suitable private hotels and resorts to provide free quarantine facilities which is an essential factor in the expeditious repatriation of migrant workers due to the epidemic situation.
The SLBFE has informed the minister it has selected 10 privately owned tourist hotels and resorts with the approval of the National COVID-19 Prevention Task Force to set up such quarantine centers.
These 10 hotels can accommodate five hundred and seventy one people at a time.
Hotel fees, food and all other facilities will be provided by the SLBFE. The SLBFE spends 4,500 rupees per day to keep one person in such quarantine centers and 8 million rupees a week to provide these facilities for a full group. A returning worker will be kept in a center for one week.