20,000 Policemen to be deployed from tomorrow

Police say 20,000 officers will be deployed daily from tomorrow, to look into whether the public violates quarantine regulations when travel restrictions are eased.

Police Media Spokesman Acting Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said special attention will be directed towards public transportation and shops.

He noted operations will continue till the coronavirus situation returns to normalcy.

The Acting Senior DIG said Traffic Police will be deployed to inspect buses, while 700 checkpoints will be set up in the Western Province, in addition to the ones at the 14 entry and exit points.

He added accordingly 8,000 Policemen will be deployed in the Western Province tomorrow.

He reiterated only essential service workers will be allowed to travel across provinces.

Ajith Rohana further said public residing in isolated areas and those in quarantine will not be permitted to leave residences or quarantine facilities, although island wide travel restrictions will be eased at 4am tomorrow.

He stated 600 Policemen will also be deployed in civil clothing at supermarkets, shopping complexes and markets, adding the owner will be held responsible if the number of customers in the premises exceed the stipulated number, according to quarantine regulations.

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