May 09, Colombo: The Excise Department states that even though the curfew is lifted form Monday to resume the normal course of life, the liquor shops will not be reopened.
Deputy Commissioner of Excise Kapila Kumarasinghe said the liquor stores will not be opened once the curfew is lifted since the reason for the closure was not the curfew.
Earlier the liquor shops were opened when the curfew was relaxed, but the government soon decided to close the liquor stores as more people gathered near them than at the grocery stores.
Curfew is in effect throughout the country until 5am next Monday, May 11. The curfew will be relaxed from Monday in all areas except in the Western Province and Puttalam district.
However, the government has decided to return to normal daily routines and restore normalcy in people’s lives while the curfew is still in effect in the Western Province.
A special gazette notification on restoring the normal daily life including quarantine regulations is also scheduled to be issued. The regulations on how to operate public transport, catering, education and service establishments as well as public places and markets will be include in the gazette notification.
The security forces and the health authorities also emphasize that, except for people who are engaged in essential services and duties, other people should minimize leaving homes as much as possible.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana stated that other persons should leave home only for essential purposes such as obtaining food or medicines. The approval for this too is based on the procedure adopted based on the last digits of the National Identity Card number.