Foreigners can use passports to step outside

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Government says foreigners will be able to use their passports to step outside when the curfew is relaxed.

A new system was introduced by the Government based on the last digits of the National Identity Card (NIC) for public who have not been required to report to work, to step outside to purchase essential items on selected days when the curfew is relaxed.

However, queries were raised by foreign nationals, who are residents of Sri Lanka, on the process to be followed by them during non- curfew hours.

Director General of the Presidential Media Division (PMD) Mohan Samaranayake told the Colombo Gazette that except for foreign nationals required to report to work, the others will be permitted to use their passports to purchase essential items for daily consumption.

Meanwhile, with regard to Sri Lankan nationals who have misplaced their NICs, Samaranayake said those individuals are advised to approach their area Police Stations and inform the relevant Officer-in- Charge of the Station.

Thereafter, they are requested to obtain a curfew pass from their relevant area Police station, which could be used to purchase essential items during non- curfew hours, Mohan samaranayake added. 

The islandwide Police curfew will be lifted at 5.00 a.m. on 4th May for the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, and Puttalam districts, which have been identified as high risk areas.

The curfew will be relaxed for other districts at 5.00 a.m. tomorrow (28) and will be reimposed at 8.00 p.m. on the same day. (Colombo Gazette)



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