- Curfew in Beruwala, Payagala and Aluthgama to continue
- Curfew had also been imposed in Fort, Pettah, Borella and Welikada Police areas
By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya
Quarantine curfew in 57 police areas in the Gampaha, Colombo and Kurunegala Districts, Beruwala, Payagala and Aluthgama areas in the Kalutara District will continue until further notice.
Curfew had been imposed in Fort, Pettah, Borella and Welikada Police areas with effect from 6.00 p.m yesterday until further notice.
Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva said the quarantine curfew imposed in Gampaha District which was to be lifted this morning, will continue until further notice.
However, he said pharmacies and shops that sell essential goods and medicines in the curfew-imposed areas in the Gampaha District are allowed to open today from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm. He said all state and private banks in the Gampaha District will also be opened today.
The Army chief said curfew in the Beruwala, Payagala and Aluthgama areas will continue, while the quarantine curfew which is being imposed in the areas in Colombo will also continue.
He said they would carry out an analysis in the Gampaha District and would not hesitate to lift the curfew in the areas when the situation returns
Meanwhile, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that special police teams had been deployed to arrest those who violate the quarantine curfew. The police have arrested a total of 165 suspects within a 24-hour period yesterday for violating quarantine curfew. He said 30 vehicles were also taken into custody.
A total of 924 persons were arrested and 140 vehicles were taken into custody as of last morning since October 4.
Also, the Western Province Senior DIG has appointed several senior police officers to deal with the issues of curfew permits and other issues in the areas where the curfew is being implemented.
DIG Rohana said quarantine curfew is currently in place in 57 Police areas in three districts.
Accordingly, curfew has been imposed in 33 Police areas in the Gampaha District, 15 in the Colombo District, five areas in the Kurunegala District and three police areas in the Kalutara District.
- Pharmacies and shops that sell essential goods and medicines in the curfew-imposed areas in the Gampaha District are allowed to open today from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm