By Vyshnavy Velrajh
The impact of the travel ban currently in force is being closely monitored, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said today.
He told Colombo Gazette that travel restrictions were imposed to curtail the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
The islandwide travel restrictions have been constantly monitored since being implemented, and was reviewed over the weekend.
The travel restrictions have so far had a good impact with regards to the containment process, the Army Commander said.
General Shavendra Silva pointed out there were instances of some people attempting to misuse the permits issued for essential services to travel.
He said however, this has not had a major impact on the containment process, as all shops and public places have been closed during the travel ban.
The Army Commander added that the authorities will continue to monitor the islandwide travel ban.
An islandwide travel ban was imposed from the 21st -the 28th of May, and was relaxed on the 25th of May for the public to stock up on essential goods.
However, the Government later decided to extend the travel ban till the 7th of June.
All stores, supermarkets, and other public places have been closed and have been advised to operate a delivery service, while only pharmacies are allowed to remain open during this period. (Colombo Gazette)