Only a single person per household must go out to shop for groceries.
The public should endeavor to return to their households immediately after.
Whoever ventures out should follow strict hygiene measures immediately upon their return.
Wash your hands with soap or an other disinfectant.
People should maintain a distance of more than one metre between one another when out in public at all times.
We request all shops, supermarkets and merchants and security personnel of all sales centers to disperse any crowds and gatherings when catering to customers. We also request them to try and limit the number of persons entering the shop at a time.
What we urge the public to understand is that the period where curfew is temporarily lifted will not be a total reversal.
This time should be used only to sort out one’s most important needs.
From the day curfew was imposed, a huge number of people have been arrested for breaching the law. Among those people, there were many who disregarded the police’s directive of refraining from hosting or attending any kind of social gatherings and parties, etc.
We have arrested many who organised parties in various parts of the country.
It should be noted that this curfew is not an ordinary curfew where an individual would only be required to avoid stepping into the street. This curfew was imposed to keep people in social isolation.
Therefore, the police reiterates that strict action will be taken against any person who violates the curfew.
Any vehicles venturing out during the curfew will be confiscated by the police.
We have ordered all police officers to check not only main roads but also by-roads, lanes and footpaths and arrest anyone breaking the curfew.
As a nation we have to adhere to all quarantine measures in order to control the spread of the virus. (Colombo/23Mar/2020)