Covid-19: ‘Don’t travel out of Western Province’

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva appealed to the public to exercise maximum restraint and avoid congested gatherings as much as possible to avoid further transmission of Covid-19.

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva

The request came during a special media statement issued from the National Operations Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) last evening (28), to announce the recent quarantine curfew arrangements.
At present, the entire district of Gampaha, 21 police jurisdictions in the Colombo District, and five police jurisdictions in the Kalutara District are under quarantine curfew.

Meanwhile, quarantine curfew will be imposed within the Western Province from 12 midnight today (29) until 5 a.m. on Monday (2 November).

The curfew in the areas where it has already been imposed (before today) will continue even after Monday.

The Army Commander, reminding the public that quarantine curfew for the Western Province is a temporary move, urged them to refrain from travelling out of the Province as well as from panic-buying.

He explained that essential food item outlets and pharmacies in the Province are requested to remain open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today as the curfew will be in effect from Friday (30). The public will be allowed to make purchases from outlets that are located within a walking distance.

After 2 November, essential food item outlets and pharmacies in the curfew areas will be allowed to operate on the two days of the week assigned to their relevant district.
Speaking on “home quarantining” the contacts of the virus-infected persons, the Army Commander said the Government has made arrangements to provide packs of essential items sufficient for 14 days, to each house.