Police curfew in 21 districts was lifted at 5 am today and will be re-imposed at 8 pm today.
According to the President’s Media Division the curfew in these districts will be effective from 8 pm to 5 am until Friday (May 01) daily.
Meanwhile, Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts will continue to remain until May 04.
Accordingly, it said the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts will be in force until 5.00 am on Monday, May 04.
The regulations have also be relaxed to open state and private companies from May 04 in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts despite the curfew which could be in force.
All the state departments, corporations, statuary boards and private sector industries, working places, fish, vegetables and retail stores can also be operated under strict regulations.
The private sector entities should open to work at 10.00 am daily. The head of each organization has the freedom to decide who should report to work and the number of employees.
Only 1/3rd of the total workforce of the state organizations should report to work. All the employees of the state sector who are not required to report for work should work from home.
The responsibility to decide who should come to office and who should work from home lies with the head of the companies.
These organizations should strictly follow the Coronavirus prevention measures endorsed by health authorities.
The Government requested the people to be humble enough to bear the inconveniences when implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "Strick action will be taken against anyone who disrupts the well-being of the people and the society," the PMD said.
People only allowed to go outside based on NIC numbers in no curfew areas
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.