Sothern Beaches,Talalla Retreat, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Tourism Update – (COVID-19)

Here at Talalla Retreat we want to keep the communication strong for all of our guests, and future retreat guests with the current (COVID-19) situation expanding around the globe.

As of the 12th March – there have been 2 cases of the CoronaVirus discovered in Sri Lanka:

On 27 January, the first confirmed case of the virus was reported in Sri Lanka, a 44-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province in China; she was admitted to the National Institute of Infection Diseases. She had arrived as a tourist with another group of travellers, and had been screened at the Bandaranaike International Airport after having a high fever. She had fully recovered and was released from hospital on 19 February.

On 11th March a 52-year-old tour guide working with a group of Italians has tested positive. and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Here at Talalla Retreat we are taking all pre-cautions necessary to ensure the health and safety for all guests. We are monitoring the situation closely and keeping up to date with daily reports from the Sri Lankan Tourism Board and the local government.

If you would like to speak further to one of our friendly reservations team members relating to your upcoming booking please email [email protected]

The Sri Lankan government has set up a quarantine centre to the north of Colombo where anyone who has symptoms of CoronaVirus can be examined and if necessary put into quarantine. 

As for transportation to Talalla, we recommend using Talalla Retreat’s transfer service and avoiding public transport.

Here in the south of Sri Lanka we are still operating as per normal and enjoying tropical life with very little disturbance from the CoronaVirus.

As guided by the World Health Organisation – you can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

Live status update of the current COVID-19 spread.

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