Curfew enforced in Western Province to be lifted on Monday

The curfew enforced in the entire Western Province last week will be lifted on Monday, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said today.

He said that the 10-day curfew was enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the Western Province.

“The President has no intention of continuing with the curfew in the Western Province from Monday,” the Army Commander said.

The Army Commander said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given instructions to take all steps to contain the spread of the virus during these few days and lift the curfew in the Western Province.

He also said that lifting the curfew in parts of the Gampaha District is also being considered.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had said yesterday that he is not prepared to keep the country shut because of the coronavirus.

The President said that everyone should be prepared to carry one with their daily activities while adhering to the health guidelines issued by the authorities.

The President said this at a meeting with members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 Prevention held yesterday.

The Task Force on COVID Prevention had updated the President on the current status of the spread of the virus in the Western Province.

The President said that the public cannot be disciplined by enforcing a quarantine curfew. President Rajapaksa said that decisions should be taken with a balanced view, keeping in mind the lives of the people, the economy of the country and all other aspects.

The President pointed out that the country cannot remain closed until a final solution is found to control the spread of the coronavirus. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. While the authorities and Police along with the security forces have their attention towards covid virus control and enforcing curfew disciplines, the selling of drugs goes on during these times by using the route and front as vendors of essential goods. The western province and the Colombo district are seen this going on in an increasing momentum.

  2. The President should also strongly consider promoting the study, research and the establishment of laboratories to produce herbal indigenous traditional treatments. We have a rich tradition in this regard. and even in the West large amount of people are
    showing great interest in these treatmwnrs. Sri Lanka can co operate with like minded Indian and other South Asian groups to benefit immensely.. People are increasingly becoming disillusioned with Western medicine and vaccinations due to the serious side effects and the inability to find permanent cures especially for NCD in Western medicine. The Department of Indigenous Medicine should be brought directly under a different Minister and should be considered a parallel discipline and not function under allopathic health authorities nor under WHIO guidelines as attempts could be made by vested interests to stifle and sabotage the development of these treatments

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