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Life back to ‘New Normal’ in WP

Strict health regulations in force
Several police areas in Colombo remain under lockdown
Some areas in Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalle and Kurunegala isolated

The COVID Task Force has taken a decision to lift the quarantine curfew imposed in the Western Province (WP) and several other areas on the recommendations of the Director General of Health Services.

Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the quarantine curfew has been lifted from 5.00 am today (9) from the Western Province and from other areas where the quarantine curfew was imposed.

However, he said on the recommendations of the Director General of Health Services and the observations of the Epidemiology unit of the Health Ministry, it has been decided to isolate 25 police areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalle and Kurunegala Districts in addition to the Municipal Council area of Kurunegala and the GS division of Wekada West in Panadura.

DIG Rohana said that quarantine rules and regulations will strictly be enforced in the areas where the isolation order has been issued.

“In those areas where the isolation orders are in existence, no one would be allowed to leave the area and no one could enter this area either. Hence, everyone in those areas must stay home, but in the case of any emergency such as health problems, especially if suffering from heart attack or kidney disease or in need of dialysis treatment, they can proceed to the nearest hospital. Pregnant mothers, can also proceed to the nearest hospital whenever they require to go, and they don’t need any permit,” he added.

In addition, the DIG noted that health authorities have isolated five condominiums in Colombo Central and Colombo north areas. “Therefore, the residents of those condominiums are strictly prohibited to leave their condominium under any circumstances unless it is a medical requirement,” he said.

However, delivery services will be permitted to operate in the isolated areas with the permission of the respective Divisional Secretary, he said, adding that every supermarket or any other institution that provides essential food items are eligible to receive 15 passes and if it is a food court, they are entitled to 10 passes and the pharmacies and other establishments that provide essential drugs could also obtain passes for online delivery services, he said.

The DIG also said that vehicles would be permitted to travel through isolated areas, but, they will not be allowed stop the vehicle in these areas, and neither can they drop or pick passengers from these areas where the isolation order is being implemented.

He said the public should adhere to quarantine rules and regulations irrespective of the area they live in and wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash their hands regularly.

The DIG also noted that 120 cases have been detected for flouting the face mask and social distancing orders, adding that additional police strength would be deployed countrywide from today (9) to detect those who are not wearing face masks and not maintaining social distancing concepts.

In addition, he said management and supervisors of companies or offices and factories will also have to adhere to the regulations specified in the Gazette notification issued on October 15,2020 and the Health Ministry instructions.