Inter-province public transport suspended

Inter-province public transport has been temporarily suspended.

Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva said that inter-province public transport will be suspended from tonight.

He also said that travel between provinces will be further tightened.

Only those who are engaged in essential services including health, ports, airports and agricultural work and employees of the BOI approved garment factories are allowed to travel between the provinces.

Heads of public and private sector institutions are empowered to call on employees residing outside the province to work as required. Staff in private businesses should be called to work taking into account the space of the workplace in line with the health guidelines.

The inter-province travel ban was imposed in line with the islandwide travel restrictions that was enforced in May due to the third wave of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

However, the islandwide travel restriction was lifted in early July, while the inter-province travel ban remained unchanged. (Colombo Gazette)