All public, private meetings and events banned

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The government has decided to ban all public and private sector meetings and events with immediate effect until further notice due to Covid-19 outbreak in the country, police said.

Acting IGP has notified all police stations to make the public aware of this matter using loudspeakers.

Police said, according to the Disease Prevention and Quarantine Ordinance, provisions have been made for the arrest of any person who contravenes the quarantine regulations without a warrant.

In addition, according to the Penal Code, reckless acts that lead to the spread of any life-threatening disease under section 262 of the Public Health and Safety Act and malicious acts that can lead to the spread of a life-threatening disease described in the 263 section and disobeying a quarantine rule under the section 264 had been defined as an offence. In such instances, a police officer could make arrests without a warrant.

“If a person was arrested under the above offence, the suspect could be produced in court without bail," police said.

They said that it is also possible for such suspects to be remanded without bail by a Magistrate.

Therefore, the police said law would be strictly enforced on any person who violates the provisions of the Prevention of Disease Ordinance.(DSB)

  Comments - 5

  • Sri Lankan Sunday, 15 March 2020 01:45 PM

    All the organisers of Royal Thomian cricket match should be arrested under the above laws - the event was conducted till late in the evening last night even after the accouncement of 5 new COVID 19 cases in the country ! So many participants have arrived from high risk countries to watch the match !

    Sheshan Sunday, 15 March 2020 02:50 PM

    Ban all tourists. Mainly chinese, italians, brits and all europeans

    Sri lankan Sunday, 15 March 2020 02:57 PM

    Incompetent minster of Health ! We should have restricted all public gatherings as soon as the very first Sri Lankan was identified on 11th March !! Why didn’t you wait for 3 more days ??!! Pl explain to the nation ...

    Subramaniam Jeganmohan Sunday, 15 March 2020 04:38 PM

    Does it apply to religious festivals

    Hans perlee Sunday, 15 March 2020 07:35 PM

    What are private meetings? Does that mean I can't meet people in private, please explain. Soon I will get arrested for meeting two people?

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