Authorities assert lifting of curfew not to have fun

The Police today noted that lifting of the curfew this week should not be used by the public to “have fun” or meet relatives and friends.

Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said that the public will be monitored when the curfew is temporarily lifted for the support they give the Government in the fight against the coronavirus.

He said that no one should get onto the streets unless they have a really good reason to.

Senaratne said that the curfew is being relaxed after one month to ensure the state mechanism moves forward.

“If you do not have an urgent need do not get into the streets when the curfew is relaxed,” the Police spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva also urged the public to stay at home if they have no urgent need to step out when the curfew is relaxed.

He said that the curfew is being relaxed to ensure businesses resume operations.

The curfew imposed around the country will be temporarily lifted in most areas, including in parts of Colombo this week.

The President’s Media Division said that the curfew will be lifted in all districts, except Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy, Kegalle and Ampara on Monday 20 April at 5am and will be reimposed at 8pm that evening.

The President’s Media Division said that the curfew will continue daily from 8pm to 5am in these areas.

Meanwhile, in Colombo, the curfew will be temporarily lifted in most areas on Wednesday 22 April at 5am and reimposed at 8pm, except in Kotahena, Grandpass, Bambalapitiya, Keselwatte, Maradana, Gotatuwa, Muleriyawa, Wellampitiya, Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala and Kohuwala.

The curfew in the selected areas, namely Kotahena, Grandpass, Bambalapitiya, Keselwatte, Maradana, Gotatuwa, Muleriyawa, Wellampitiya, Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala and Kokuwala will continue until further notice.

In Gampaha, the curfew will be temporarily lifted in most areas on Wednesday 22 April at 5am and reimposed at 8pm, except in Ja-ela, Kochchikade and Seeduwa.

In Puttalam, the curfew will be temporarily lifted in most areas on Wednesday 22 April at 5am and reimposed at 8pm, except in Puttalam, Marawila and Wennappuwa.

And in Kalutara, the curfew will be temporarily lifted in most areas on Wednesday 22 April at 5am and reimposed at 8pm, except in Bandaragama, Payagala, Beruwala, and Aluthgama.

The President’s Media Division said no one can enter or leave the areas where the curfew will continue.

Limited number of employees have been instructed to report to work at Government institutions in areas where the curfew will be temporarily lifted.

Private establishments have been instructed to open office at 10am and also decide on the number of staff they require. They have also been advised to strictly follow the health advise issued in relation to the coronavirus. (Colombo Gazette)

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