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No leniency for curfew violators

During the curfew period all shops, supermarkets and other establishments are to remain closed and under no circumstance will these establishments be allowed to open. In the event any of these establishments are found to be open, legal action would be taken against them, said DIG Ajith Rohana.  

During the period from 6.00 am to 12.00 noon today (28) alone, the police had arrested 201 persons who had violated the curfew and taken into custody 65 vehicles.

He noted that the IGP has instructed all police stations regarding this decision as the public’s unruly behaviour and non-compliance with the curfew regulations, there is a high risk of the infection spreading.

During the curfew 5704 persons had been arrested for violating curfew laws and 1427 vehicles had been seized. The relief granted to the people had been misused and while the government had allowed pharmacies to remain open, but some people had misused this privilege jeopardising  the efforts taken by the government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Therefore, the decision was taken to enforce the curfew strictly without any leniency, DIG Ajith Rohana noted. .

He stated that only those engaged in essential services would be allowed on the streets during the curfew and no one else would be allowed to travel during the curfew or congregate. In the event this regulation is violated by anyone, they would be arrested by the police.

The DIG also noted that despite all tour guides being notified to register with the police and conform to self-quarantine procedures, it has been observed that they have so far not complied with this request.
He noted that all those working in massage centres and tour guides should register themselves with the nearest police station and engage in a self-quarantine process.


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