On Wednesday, March 25, the President’s Office issued a letter containing measures to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 on government offices, because of the potential for the rapid spread of COVID-19, and as a result of the discovery of the first three cases in Myanmar.
The letter states that:
- Government offices and departments will reduce their staff by 50% (presumably on a rotating basis);
- 50% of staff will remain at home as if they were on duty and be prepared to work if necessary;
- Governmental officials and staff must report to the Ministry of Health and Sport if there are any suspected cases of COVID-19 in their offices or where they live;
- Government officials and staff must comply strictly with daily COVID-19 notifications to be issued by the Ministry of Health and Sport;
- Government officials and staff should reduce visitors from other regions visiting their homes; and
- Government officials and staff must not leave the area of their posting except in the course of their duties or with official permission.
With this letter, the President’s Office has signaled its intention for government functions to continue during the COVID-19 outbreak and sent a clear message that, despite the small number of reported cases to date, Myanmar is taking significant precautionary measures. Tilleke & Gibbins will continue to update you throughout this crisis.