Police hunting down people who left the Western Province before the curfew

ECONOMYNEXT-Sri Lanka’s Police has launched an operation to hunt down people who left the Covid hit Western Province for holidays in other parts of the island before a three-day quarantine curfew came into effect at midnight last night, a spokesman said.

The Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the special investigation will target hotels, resorts and guesthouses in all provinces outside of the Western Province to identify people who had left despite requests by the authorities not to do so.

Rohana said police “will take action against those individuals who had left the western province on Thursday (October 29) and Friday (October 30) without proper permission through the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Act.”

He added that the Police will also conduct thorough checks on people entering the western province on Monday (November 2) when the curfew is lifted to identify those who had left the province without permission.

“Action will be taken against them as well for disobeying directions given through quarantine regulations,” he said

Social media pictures showed heavy traffic on the Southern Highway exits yesterday as people left the western province ahead of the quarantine curfew.

Quarantine curfew was imposed in the western province from midnight yesterday in the entire Western Province until 5 am Monday in an effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Both the Railway Department and Sri Lanka Transport Board have suspended their train and bus services within the Western Province, as well as connections to the rest of the country, with the imposition of curfew in the province.

Exceptions will be made only for Health Workers, Advanced Level students and teachers. (Colombo/Oct30/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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