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No all day curfew in Puttalam and Kalutara districts

ON GUARD – Special Task Force officers man a checkpoint at Nugegoda on Sunday/EconomyNext.com

ECONOMYNEXT- Police Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said that curfew in Kalutara and Puttalam district have been lifted until further notice.

Speaking to EconomyNext, the Police Spokesman made this statement as there is a confusion about the curfew after two contradictory statements were issued by the Police Media Division and President’s Media Division (PMD) last night.

The statement from the Police Media Division issued at 7 pm last night said that curfew will continue in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam district.

Less than an hour later the President’s office issuing a statement said that curfew in Kalutara and Puttalam district will be lifted while Curfew in Colombo and Gampaha will be in force until further notice.

Kalutara and Puttalam districts were among the high-risk areas and curfew in these two districts have been in operation since March.

Accordingly, in other districts including Kalutara and Puttalam curfew will be effective only from 8.00 pm to 5.00 am daily from today until further notice.

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged the government to adopt a simple direct communications policy. “The communiques are complex, contradictory and difficult to understand,” he said in a statement issued last night.

The PMD statement also said that the resumption of civilian life and work, while curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo and Gampaha, will commence tomorrow, May 11th as previously scheduled.

While Conditions included in previous announcements regarding the resumption of normal life will remain unchanged.

He also said that in that statement, they have only mentioned about curfew implementation which was decided upon at the time the statement was issued and said that since the information does not reach to the general public if a statement is not issued to media by the time of the news telecast, the statement was issued at that time

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But he said the discussion about the curfew was still going on at the time the statement was issued by Police.

“Since the discussion was not only about a decision on a curfew but also about the decision-related o health situation, the final decision on curfew was delayed but once the final decision on curfew was taken we made a statement,” he added.

According to the statement from police from today onwards, if anyone is travelling to work, a document in an electronic form (soft copy) or a valid official identification card issued by the workplace is mandatory for them to possess while travelling.

Further, government employees who travel to work by their own vehicles are advised to travel to their respective workplaces before 8.30 am and employees in the private sector are advised to travel between 8.30 am to 10 am.

When returning home from work, government employees using their own vehicles are advised to travel between 3 pm to 4 pm, while the time allocated for private-sector employees is between 4 pm to 5 pm. (Colombo/May11/2020)