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People in the districts where curfew is lifted would only be allowed to go outside to buy essential items based on their National Identity Card (NIC) numbers, the President's Media Division said.

This method is only applicable to the citizens living in the areas where there is no curfew.


Accordingly, the citizens who possess NICs ending with the numbers one or two would be allowed to go out on Mondays.

Similarly, those who can leave their homes during the rest of the week are as follows:
Tuesday :       People with No. 3 or 4 as the last digit of their NICs
Wednesday :  People with No. 5 or 6 as the last digit of their NICs
Thursday :      People with No. 7 or 8 as the last digit of their NICs
Friday :           People with No. 9 or 0 as the last digit of their NICs

People are strictly advised to follow health instructions including maintenance of physical distance in public, wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitizer and washing of hands regularly.

The PMD said the police and the armed forces personnel would keep track of people who violate health instructions and regulations.

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  • Mohamed' Ghouse Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:03 PM

    May I make a humble suggestion. There are vendors going lane by lane in vans selling their wares. When these vans come the residents flock round the van to make purchases. It should be mandatory that the vendor insists that the customers line up maintaining social distancing. The onus should be on the vendor to insist on this. If the vendor ignores the ruling his curfew pass should be withdrawn. Further he should only serve the customers that wear masks.

    Don Sarath Ariyarathne Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:06 PM

    If 2 person at home both ID card bearing 7 and 0 do they have to wait till Thursday to go out to get household needs ?

    P Dissanayake Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:06 PM

    Does this rule apply to the whole country?

    Prosper Sunil Bemunuge Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:07 PM

    Who came up with this stupid idea of going out of the house when curfew is lifted to buy essential items based on one's NIC number ending with 1 or 2 on Monday etc ... Stupid, stupid. Whose law is this? No brains.

    Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:18 PM

    What about persons who are foreigners? Or those who are not old enough for NICs. I have an NIC.

    CRG Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:26 PM

    That seems logical provided every one below 18 years are prohibited from using public transportation

    Warren Raed Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:27 PM

    This is silly. Who is behind such ridiculous ideas? No country in the world is practicing this sort of nonsense. Are we so backwards in thinking and so silly?

    Sumanadasa Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:33 PM

    Unbelievable, democratically elected president behaving in an undemocratic manner. There has to be an easier way in managing this. Too many idiots within this government. People voted for these morons, well done the wonder of the world with no money and more and more patriotic loans.

    Jinadasa Ekanayake Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:35 PM

    If husband and wife has NIC numbers ending in different numbers how can they go out together ??

    Desperate G Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:44 PM

    So who is going out Saturday?

    Chinthaka Kularathne Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:54 PM

    Is that base on any scientific scenario..

    Gaming Raja Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:08 PM

    What a stupid move. Not a practical move.

    Gairuka Bandara Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:20 PM

    Hi, May i please know if this is the rule you imposed, then for an instance if two people who need to go out from the same home, lets say the one of they dont drive so other person has to drive if they both do not have a matching number for the day they can't go out? is it so?

    Rds Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:34 PM

    So people ending their NIC with 1 ,cannot go out at all

    Citizen Silva Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:52 PM

    Who knows what's one it seems..Everyone appears to be guessing. Oh what a mess we,are in!

    ACA Saturday, 25 April 2020 11:26 PM

    I never thought our authorities are so stupid ?

    guramiya Saturday, 25 April 2020 11:30 PM

    this means they can go out only once a 1 week ? better to have curfew continuously instead of introducing this

    Sokrates Sunday, 26 April 2020 09:59 AM

    This system has been working well in some countries for the passed two months. A month ago I suggested that this should also be introduced in Sri Lanka. It just takes too long in this country for the government to implement good and effective ideas. This measure prevents too many people from being in the streets and in shops every day. Since in the families the members usually have different end numbers in their NIC, the opportunity is even given to shop on several days. This also prevents an entire family with several people from going shopping at the same time. It is also well regulated that there is still a round a clock curfew on weekends. The same can apply to foreigners, since their passports also contain passport numbers. This measure is very effective in significantly reducing the spread of the virus. Good solution.

    Thani Sunday, 26 April 2020 10:07 AM

    Not practicable. Anyhow government should impose any other practicable movements such as curfew pass per household like that.

    Ahamed Rikaz Sunday, 26 April 2020 10:10 AM

    LoL so wise move

    Thirugnanasampanthar Sures Sunday, 26 April 2020 10:51 AM

    What a brilliant idea? Whoever suggested this idiotic idea should be nominated for the highest honour of this country. So, who is going to check the right number person is coming out on the specific day, is that the police or the tri forces?

    Saeed Mohamad Sunday, 26 April 2020 11:57 AM

    All stupid ideas are from the minsters under GR. They should be thrown out at the coming elections.

    Deepa Sunday, 26 April 2020 01:44 PM

    Nothing is going to work unless the people are made aware and instructed on the importance of and how to maintain social distance, how to maintain hygiene when going out and after coming back and the repercussions of not doings so -ie getting infected leading to isolation/ quarantine and closure of their entire area for 3weeks , hospitalization If they fall sick including their families, neighbors and contacts. There should be a Warning to everyone That they will be held responsible for criminal negligence of spreading disease in the community if they do so knowingly. The message must go clearly specially to irresponsible people (to grassroots and uneducated and areas where there are such people knowingly breaking rules going about infecting others - and warned that they will be penalized

    karu Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:21 PM

    Wonder who will check the ID numbers. So far no proper mechanism to make the farm produce reach the people in a decent way. Garbage in the name of vegetables brought to the door step in unhygienic conditions.

    roni Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:26 PM

    What happens on Saturday and Sunday, please enlighten us or is it compulsory rest. Good idea.

    ram Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:27 PM

    this system may be abused in the future when there is a need arised

    Rohana Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:39 PM

    Is this a law? If this is a law it should be gazetted with relevant constitutional clauses. Laws can not be implemented by media releases by presidential secretariat.

    sharmalee retnakunar Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:47 PM

    the forces are going to waste a lot of their time and energy checking the id numbers of ppl in the streets...

    John Stewart Sunday, 26 April 2020 02:50 PM

    I understand this is for the 21 'clean' districts. In that case and disregarding children, etc., that means that between one and two million people per day can go out. Who is going to check one to two million NICs each day?

    NAD Sunday, 26 April 2020 04:11 PM

    One day foreign passport and next day NIC? OK to carry

    Senior citizen Sunday, 26 April 2020 07:25 PM

    After curfew is lifted on 4th can a person with NIC last digit 8 go to the bank on Thursday next week as it is Poya ?

    Somnath gurung Sunday, 26 April 2020 07:26 PM

    How about the foreign nationals

    Sando Sunday, 26 April 2020 07:45 PM

    Good move. Government is Great. Thank you H.E.

    Truly Mad Sunday, 26 April 2020 08:00 PM

    Most ridiculous system of controlling people from going out after being trapped indoors for more than 6 weeks. When will this end? Other countries let their people go out for a short time for a walk and to get their essentials. And you don’t find them crowding together unlike here in our country when they let us loose for a few hours once every month. Small mercy to be let out once a week with the NIC number as your pass. I dread to think how many times we would have to show your ID to the authorities and have them touching it with their geeky gloves and giving it back to you each time. Stupid stupid stupid!

    M.O.A.Careem Monday, 27 April 2020 05:39 AM

    every one undergo some sort of issues day to day this unseen dangerous virus /even medicine not found so far - govt @ it with great effort/difficulty to irredicatate this virus beside no race or party co-operate - all for safty

    Prem Nalin Monday, 27 April 2020 07:39 AM

    We have to learn many things from other countries. We have a beautiful land but we live very foolish poor backward ways. One example, people are sitting, half-sleeping on old broken benches in railway stations hours wasting time( Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya,etc. ) ticket counters are closed with old cardboard pieces. Stationmasters, workers ( Baiyyas ) behave, walking in front of passengers like foolish baboons, dull, dead atmosphere. Our neighbour India with millions of people doing well

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