Travel restrictions will NOT be lifted on May 31, June 4 | Daily News

Travel restrictions will NOT be lifted on May 31, June 4

The Government has decided to continue the travel restrictions which is in effect till June 7.
Decision to relax travel restrictions on May 31 and June 4 has been suspended.


No relaxation of travel restrictions until June 7

Essential items supplied via mobile truck services:

Vaccination Programme to continue uninterrupted:

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided not to relax travel restrictions until June 07, 2021. The decision was taken by President Rajapaksa at a meeting with the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday morning (28).

Initially it was decided to relax travel restrictions on three selected days during the travel restricted period for the convenience of the public. However, the conduct of the public on May 25 when restrictions were relaxed proved that it would lead to a further spread of the COVID-19 virus. The President highlighted that the Government’s efforts to contain the pandemic could be jeopardized through this.

Accordingly, the President instructed the authorities to suspend the decision taken to relax the travel restrictions on May 31 and June 4 and to distribute essential items to the public through mobile truck services during this travel restricted period.

Only the personnel who are engaged in essential services are permitted to leave their homes for their duties during the travel restricted period. It is mandatory to keep in possession a letter issued by the place of employment calling for duty and the service ID at all times when travelling. The President noted that it is the responsibility of the people to help the Government’s efforts to contain this pandemic.

The President also advised the medical sector to administer the second  dose of Sinopharm vaccine after a month at the same location where the people received their first jab. For example, if the first jab was given on May 8, the second jab will be on June 8.

The President also emphasised the need for the vaccination programme to continue in a systematic manner in the districts which have been identified and prioritized by the health sector.

Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Gamini Lokuge, Bandula Gunawardena, Keheliya Rambukwella, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Johnston Fernando, Prasanna Ranatunga, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Namal Rajapaksa, State Ministers Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Channa Jayasumana, MPs Madhura Withanage, Senior Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretaries to the Ministries, Commanders of the three Armed Forces and the Heads of Health Sector were also present at the meeting.