18 March 2020 – Indefinite curfew imposed in the Puttalam, Chilaw, and Negombo Police Divisions

Type of Intervention: Regulation, Specific Action, Imposition of curfew
Sectors Involved: Police and Interior Affairs
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Domestic travel
Level of Jurisdiction: Subnational
Lead People/Agency: Police

Overview: Indefinite curfew imposed in the Puttalam, Chilaw and Negombo Police Divisions effective 4:30pm 18 March 2020. During the curfew, residents are requested to remain indoors. Exceptions are those engaging in placing deposits for election and handing over nominations, those reporting for work, and all essential services and public transport through these areas.
Full details here: https://www.who.int/srilanka/covid-19/updates-from-sri-lanka-on-covid-19

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government, International – other, Media reports
Evidence/Justification: Several patients were detected in these areas. Most were returnees from Italy where the epidemic was raging.