Colombo, Gampaha & Kalutara districts classified Covid-19 high-risk zones; curfew until further notice
Posted on March 24th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts have been identified as high risk areas for Coronavirus (Covid-19) and hence the curfew imposed on those districts will continue until further notice.

Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara have been identified as high risk zones in view of the spread of COVID-19, the President’s Media Division said.

Large crowds in shops had been observed after curfew was lifted this morning in three districts. Health officials fear that this in turn could lead to a wider and faster spread of the virus, the PMD said.

Therefore, the Government has directed wholesale dealers to deliver essential consumer goods to the doorstep of each household until the situation is brought under control. 

Sathosa, Keells, Laugfs, Arpico, Food City, Araliya, Nipuna and other wholesale dealers will be involved in this operation, the release said. 

Providing these essential consumer goods such as food, medicine, gas and other services will commence from tomorrow (25).

To ensure the smooth operation of delivering essential consumer goods to each household, a special task force has been established under the leadership of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa. 

The task force would be comprised of Secretaries to the Ministries, Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries and other relevant officers.

The curfew in the three districts that have been identified as high risk zones will continue until further notice, the PMD announced.

However, lorries, vans, three-wheelers and motorcycles that would be used for delivery will be permitted on the roads during this curfew period.

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