Travel between provinces barred for non-essential travel

Police say travel between provinces will be suspended for persons engaging in unnecessary and non-essential travel.

Accordingly, the directive to suspend all such travel will come into force from midnight today.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana speaking at a media briefing this evening said leisure activities such as trips and hotel stays including visiting family will be suspended until the 31st of May.

The DIG said Police, Special Task Force personnel and Tri-Forces will be deployed at all provincial borders.

DIG Ajith Rohana said essential services can continue to function.

He said employees attached to the health, security forces, water, electricity, telecommunication, port, airport, media, judiciary, law, commercial and finance and other state and private workers can cross provinces following inspections at checkpoints.

He added employees in the agriculture, manufacturing and industrial sectors and those attached to the Investment Board and Trade Zones can also travel through.

He further noted the conduct of seminars and workshops will be banned while nightclubs, beach parties, cinemas, theatre performances and other parties will also be prohibited from midnight today.

He added persons organising and facilitating such social gatherings outside or inside their homes will be arrested.

DIG Ajith Rohana claimed permits for travel between provinces will not be carried out and requested the public to cooperate with the Police and armed forces at check points.

The DIG said leave of all Police officers will also be cancelled with effect from tomorrow until the 31st of May.

He added the regulation will however not apply to Policemen currently in areas placed under isolation.

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