Curfew in Western Province from midnight
By Thameenah Razeek
Quarantine curfew will be imposed in the entire Western Province from midnight today (29) until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, 2 November, in an effort to control the fast spread of COVID-19.
Starting from midnight today quarantine curfew will be in effect in 112 Police areas in the Western Province and five in Kuliyapitiya Police divisions. Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana, said the curfew will be lifted on 2 November only for Police areas where curfew will be imposed today, adding that curfew will not be lifted in the 68 Police areas that were already under curfew.
Authorities took steps to impose quarantine curfew in 64 Police areas – 37 Police areas in the Gampaha District, 21 in the Colombo District, five in the Kalutara District and five in the Kurunegala District.
Addressing the Media yesterday (28) at Police Headquarters, DIG Rohana noted that essential services including pharmacies and food outlets will be open today in those 68 Police areas.
“We request the Public to maintain one-metre distance and adhere to other health guidelines. No one will be able to enter or exit the Western Province. Police have made all the arrangements to place roadblocks at every entrance and exit to the province,” he said, adding that highways are also included.
Speaking further, he said ambulance and essential service representatives will be able to enter or exit the province during the curfew. He urged the public to be prepared and plan to enter or exit the Western Province, since after imposing curfew no one will be able to enter or exit till 2 November.
Personnel from water supply, Electricity Board, Media, health, pharmaceuticals, ports and airports will be allowed to travel from and to the province for an essential service. “Planned and unplanned gatherings, weddings and parties will be prohibited during this time. This is mainly because the doctors have said the spread of the virus is faster than the first wave experienced in March and onwards. Especially, public in the Western Province should be careful.
If there is an urgent need, please call the Police or the hotlines we have introduced before, without leaving the house, except for patients who suffer heart attacks,” he said. Reiterating that the spread of the virus has spiralled, DIG Rohana said if the public restricted their travelling, the Government will be able to lift the curfew as soon as possible. Meanwhile, he urged the people to strictly adhere to the health guidelines and the Police have taken steps to deploy Officers in the areas where the shops and pharmacies are allowed to open today, to monitor people’s behaviour and take action against people who violate basic guidelines. Violators will be arrested and sent for quarantine, and produced in Court. While insisting that this long weekend will be crucial, DIG Rohana requested the people who are living in other areas where the curfew has not been imposed to restrict their travelling and stay at home.
If you are in Colombo, you can get more information by dialling 011 2433333, also the public can contact Police Headquarters on 011 2421111.