Ban on movements between districts not ruled out

A ban on movements between districts has not been ruled out, Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva said today.

General Shavendra Silva said that travel restrictions between districts will be enforced if the need arises.

The Government earlier announced that travel restrictions between provinces will be enforced from midnight tonight (Tuesday) till 30th May.

General Shavendra Silva said that the restrictions will, however, not affect the operations of essential services.

Kingsly Rathnayaka, spokesman for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had said yesterday that following discussions the President held with all stakeholders to put an end to the Covid-19 epidemic, the President has instructed the relevant authorities to, until May 30), impose travel restrictions between all provinces, cancel all gatherings and functions, limit the number of people who can enter and stay in commercial establishments, and isolate the areas where infected people are found in higher numbers.

However, the President emphasised that proper procedures should be followed to ensure that the lives of the people are not disrupted and that the essential services of the country are maintained when imposing these restrictions.

The President is of the view that citizens focusing on social responsibilities and adhering to all safety measures and the advice given by the health sector to maintain social distancing and avoid unnecessary gatherings will lead to a healthier nation.

President Rajapaksa points out that the commitment of the people to control the Covid-19 epidemic is vital. (Colombo Gazette)

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