Around 10,000 police deployed for service in Western Province

Around 10,000 police personnel have been deployed for service in the Western Province tomorrow (11). Travelling for private purposes in the Western Province is strictly prohibited and anyone defying it will be considered as having violated curfew regulations, said DIG Ajith Rohana. All state sector employees should report to work before 08.30 am today and private sector employees could report to work between 08.30 and 10.00 am. Meanwhile, in returning to their homes, all state sector employees are advised to use public transport facilities between 3.00 and 4.00 pm while all private-sector employees should use public transport facilities between 4.00 and 5.00 pm. DIG Ajith Rohana said that these times have been allocated to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and to allow for checking wherever required. However, he said that these guidelines are not applicable for those working on shifts. He noted that if anyone is travelling to work in their private transport, they need to be able to verify their purpose.

The Colombo District, Western Province and the Puttalam District will commence operations from tomorrow (11) despite the curfew being in force. This decision to allow the business operations to commence has been taken to facilitate the recommencement of the economy, recommence the export trade and return public life to normalcy, said DIG Ajith Rohana addressing the media briefing of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 today.

He also noted that as per the quarantine regulations, a trishaw can carry only two passengers and only three persons are allowed to travel in a car. As per the regulations notified to company heads, employees should only be brought to work from the administrative district of the office, unless the services of an employee from another administrative district is vital for the company’s operations. It is mandatory for all employees travelling to work to have a company ID or a letter, SMS or email from the company that could prove they are required to attend work.

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