ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will impose inter-province travel restrictions until May 30, effective midnight tonight (11), an official said.
A Sri Lanka Army spokesman confirmed to EconomyNext quoting Commander Gen Shavendra Silva that the restriction will come into effect tonight.
A statement from the president’s office last night was unclear about when the ban would come into effect.
Meanwhile, Minister Udaya Gammanpila told reporters at the weekly cabinet press briefing this morning that the inter-province travel restriction will not get in the way of essential services, export-oriented industries, and agriculture and fisheries activity.
“We have not discussed and decided in detail how we are going to implement it. It is at the experimental stage at the moment,” he said.
Authorities will consider services and other activities on a case-by-case basis and decide whether it is essential, Gammanpila said, rather than imposing a blanket ban that covers the entire island.
“We did the same in the previous year as well. This decision was not taken by the cabinet but by COVID-19 task force. I should not further confuse the situation by giving information without details,” the minister said.
“The president’s media spokesman will provide further clarification,” he added. (Colombo/May11/2021)