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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Social Distancing: Violators To Face Legal Action

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 26 May, (

The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe had issued a circular to the Acting IGP granting power to the Police to arrest anyone not maintaining social distancing in places such as banks and supermarkets with effect from 26 May, said DIG Ajith Rohana during a special media briefing held yesterday. Accordingly those who violate social distancing would be arrested and produced in Court.

Subsequently, the Acting IG had sent out a Circular to all Police stations notifying the OICs regarding this order and those who violate this order will be charged under the Quarantine Ordinance and could face a jail term of six months.

The DIG noted that the Police had observed over the past few weeks that people ignore all social distancing orders especially near bars and wine stores. Hence, he said that Police officers not in uniform will be deployed at such identified places and they would be equipped with mobile phones with cameras which could record the public behaviour.

Thereafter uniformed Police officers would be called in to arrest any offenders and the recortded footage would be used against them in Court as evidence.

The DIG also said that shop owners and managers would also be charged for failing to implement proper social distancing guidelines and other health recommendations at their places of business as stipulated by the Health Ministry. Thus they too could face charges of aiding and abetting these offenders to commit the offence.

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Stay Informed, But Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands.

- Asian Tribune -

Social Distancing: Violators To Face Legal Action
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