No relaxing of travel restrictions on May 31 and June 4

Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva.

Travel restrictions will not be relaxed on May 31 and June 4, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said yesterday, May 28.

He said the decision had been taken at a meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force yesterday morning. President Rajapaksa was also present.

 The government had planned to relax the restrictions on the above-mentioned dates to allow people to purchase essential items during the travel restrictions.

General Silva said that essential items would be delivered through the Divisional Secretariats. Rs. 5,000 each would also be provided to the low-income families and mobile delivery services would be established to ensure that there would be no scarcities.

Gen. Silva also said that when travel restrictions were eased on May 25, people had violated health regulations and the health authorities did not want a repetition of such a situation until the pandemic was brought under control.