3-day freedom as Govt. temporarily lifts travel restrictions

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  • Relaxed rules from 4 a.m. 21 June till 10 p.m. 23 June; curbs on inter-provincial movement to remain
  • Travel restrictions to be re-imposed thereafter from 10 p.m. 23 June till 4 a.m. 25 June

The Government yesterday announced a three-day relaxation of travel restrictions starting from 4 a.m. 21 June till 10 p.m. 23 June though curbs on inter-provincial moments will continue. 

The normal travel restrictions, prevalent from 21 May will be re-imposed again from 10 p.m. 23 June till 4 a.m. 25 June. 

Despite temporary relaxation, restrictions imposed on public gatherings will continue as before. 

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday told the Special COVID-19 Committee that the heads of institutions in both public and private sectors should ensure that the respective entities are maintained under a minimum number of employees. 

The President also emphasised on the need for all trade and economic operations to be carried out with the participation of a minimum number of people.

It was pointed out that many complaints have been received with regard to delays in conducting last rites of non-COVID-19-related deaths as a result of subjecting them to PCR tests. Therefore, the President instructed to give approval to conduct the last rites of those who passed away from non-COVID-19-related causes within 24 hours, taking into account the economic and severe hardships faced by the families of the deceased.

Ministers Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Gamini Lokuge, Bandula Gunawardana, Keheliya Rambukwella, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prasanna Ranatunga, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Ramesh Pathirana, Namal Rajapaksa, State Ministers Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Channa Jayasumana, MP Madhura Withanage, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Health Secretary Major General (Retired) Specialist Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Commanders of the three Armed Forces and the Heads of the Health Sector were present at yesterday’s meeting.