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Police deny reports of “total lockdown” from 10th

ENTERPRISE: A small coconut delivery service using Piaggio Ape three wheeler during Covid curfew in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – Police are denying social media reports that the country will be in “total lockdown” from April 10 to April 15, where all food deliveries will be discontinued.

Police Media Spokesman Superintendant Jaliya Senaratne told reporters Thursday that these reports are not true.

The posts, widely circulated on social media said: “A total lockdown is to be enforced from 10-15th April. During this period, authorities will enforce the law strictly. No supply of food, no delivery Channels, No online orders, no Chun pan, even to open a Petti Kade will not be allowed. Walk down the streets too will be strictly prohibited. So, pls order your stuff in advance and store it & be prepared.”

Senaratne said this was not true.

The spokesman also said that police officers manning barriers during the current curfew will be looking at issues facing the public in a “humanitarian manner.”

He said if a relative had to be taken to see a doctor, for instance, a family member will be permitted to accompany the patient.

“If a family member has to take items for a patient in the hospital the document issued by the hospital stating details of the in-patient can be used as a curfew pass.”

Senaratne said that except for a few exceptions, most people were “peaceful, orderly and cooperating with police.”

The authorities have permitted food delivery and door-to-door sales of essentials. Pharmacies are also open today, tomorrow and Monday. (Colombo, April 2, 2020)






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