Update – Police arrested 493 persons for violating quarantine regulations. From October 30th, so far total 10,906 people arrested those who not wear face masks and those who not maintain the social distancing. 99 persons arrested for NOT following NIC /ID number rule in Western Province May 18. Police strictly enforce inter-provincial travel ban. The Tri-Forces and the Police Special Task Force (STF) has set up roadblocks at all provincial borders.
Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the arrested individuals are charged under the provisions of the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance and the Penal Code of Sri Lanka.
Health Officials say the new variant is rapidly spreading and number of YOUTHS infected are high, hence wearing a face mask is essential. Wearing mask and social distancing are mandatory in Sri Lanka, if violated Rs.10,000 fine & up to 6 month’s imprisonment.
Police Spokesman further said the NIC /ID Card system will be strictly enforced as there are people still not adhere to the rule. Police warn that strict legal action will be taken against anyone who violates the National Identity Card (NIC) ID Card system.
On ODD dates of the calendar one person from the same family with the National ID number, driving license or passport ending with 1,3,5,7,9 can leave their homes while those with the numbers 0,2,4,6,8 can leave their homes on EVEN dates.
Last 24-hours, Police arrested 548 persons for not wearing face masks, the 2nd highest arrests in a single day. From October 30th, so far total 7864 people arrested those who not wear face masks and those who not maintain the social distancing. On May 7th, Sri Lanka Police arrested 617 people those who not wear face masks, the highest arrests recorded on a day.
Meanwhile growing criticism against Minister of Public Security, Retired Admiral Sarath Weerasekara as he was seen not wearing a face mask in a meeting recently. Social Media users are questioning where is Minister’s Mask and Why Police is not arresting him.
On May 7th, Sri Lanka Police arrested 617 people those who not wear face masks and those who not maintain the social distancing. Out of those arrests 342 persons arrested in Colombo. This is the highest number of arrests made in a single day for the failure to wear face masks and maintain social distancing concepts. From October 30th, so far total 6539 people arrested over above charges. On May 6th, Sri Lanka Police arrested 436 persons for not wearing face masks.
Wearing mask and social distancing are mandatory in #SriLanka, if violated Rs.10,000 fine & up to 6 month’s imprisonment.
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