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What curfews are in place?

For a map of the curfew districts (excluding all-island) please refer here: https://tinyurl.com/wqz8pqn
For an article on the most recent curfew (23/03/2020) see here: link

(1) SRI LANKA (EXCEPT: COLOMBO, GAMPAHA, PUTTALAM and NORTHERN PROVINCE)
Note: Please refer to other descriptions for COLOMBO, GAMPAHA, PUTTALAM and NORTHERN PROVINCE

26/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, re-imposed at 12 noon
25/03/2020 – full day curfew
24/03/2020 – full day curfew
23/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, imposed again at 2pm
22/03/2020 – island wide curfew
21/03/2020 – island wide curfew
20/03/2020 – Starts at 6pm on Friday (20th), continues until Monday 6am (23rd)

(2) Colombo District
27/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, re-imposed at 12 noon
26/03/2020 – full day curfew
25/03/2020 – full day curfew
24/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, it is re-imposed at 12 noon
23/03/2020 – full day curfew
22/03/2020 – full day curfew
21/03/2020 – full day curfew
20/03/2020 – Starts at 6pm on Friday (20th), continues until Monday 6am (23rd)

(3) Puttalum District
27/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am
26/03/2020 – full day curfew
25/03/2020 – full day curfew
24/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, it is re-imposed at 12 noon
23/03/2020 – island wide curfew
22/03/2020 – island wide curfew
21/03/2020 – island wide curfew
20/03/2020 – Starts at 6pm on Friday (20th), continues until Monday 6am (23rd)
19/03/2020 – Starts at 2pm, unconfirmed end time (usually morning).
18/03/2020 – curfew from 430pm until 8am

(4) Gampaha District
27/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am
26/03/2020 – full day curfew
25/03/2020 – full day curfew
24/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, it is re-imposed at 12 noon
23/03/2020 – island wide curfew
22/03/2020 – island wide curfew
21/03/2020 – island wide curfew
20/03/2020 – Starts at 6pm on Friday (20th), continues until Monday 6am (23rd)

(5) Northern Province (5 districts)
27/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am
26/03/2020 – full day curfew
25/03/2020 – full day curfew
24/03/2020 – curfew lifts at 6am, it is re-imposed at 12 noon

What does it mean exactly?

It’s a full lockdown and the government notes it is a “isolation curfew” – this means you need to limit contact and engagement with other people even your own family members. This is a global pandemic and Sri Lanka is doing the best they can to control the spread of the virus within the country. There will be police and military patrolling the streets and lots of check points if you are trying to drive. If you have a valid reason or emergency situation you should be OK to move around – but without this you need to stay indoors. Going to dinner is not valid, however, being stuck without a hotel and trying to find one could be considered valid in some circumstances (unconfirmed?). Going to the airport for your flight is valid and having a ticket is considered to allow you “free movement” through the curfew. During the 23/03/2020 curfew I had reports from three customer who were driving their own tuktukthat they showed their passport and were allowed to travel through the “curfew” area. I’m not sure this will always be the case.

Can I still go to the airport?

Movement to the airport is allowed on the day of your flight (or earlier depending on time) if you have a valid ticket & a police report (also called a “police certificate”). Get your taxi driver to help you get the report and add +1 hr to your trip to account for getting this.

PickMe is still operating during the curfew if you message the CEO directly on this number: +94777389903 (whatsapp) Zulfer

If you message him it’s best that you send him the following format:

Name: John Hodges
Number of Passengers: 4
Number of Bags: 4 big 4 small, 1 surfboard
Pickup location: Pickup Mirissa
Dropoff Destination: Drop off airport
Date: 23/03/2020
Time: 1.30pm
Reason: airport flight
Contact number: +447740634469 (whatsapp)

Police Stations are open 24/7 in Sri Lanka (subject to local conditions but should be 99% correct).

What should I do?

Since the 15/03/2020 we have been recommending tourists to either (1) leave the country as soon as possible, or, (2) find a hotel that they are happy to stay at and that will be open for the foreseeable future – at least 2 weeks. We recommend you sit tight, stay safe, stay clean and look after one another. Together humanity can get through this. Things change all the time, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse but they always change.

If you are trying to make the tough decision you should check out the article “Should I stay or should I go?”

What if I get kicked out of my hotel?

You should use the map <HERE> to try and find new accommodation as soon as possible.

Does Public Transport work during the curfew?

No. Everything will be stopped! When the curfew was lifted on the 23/03/2020 there were some buses running.

Can I still move between hotels?

No. Try your best to find a hotel to stay in now and only leave if you are going to the airport.

Can I go to the beach?

No. You should not do this and surfers were arrested for doing this.

Can I walk on the street / in a public place?

No.

Will Petrol Stations, Banks, Restaurants be open?

No. Everything will be closed.
Update: There are some petrol stations open in key locations, particularly near police stations though they have fewer staff.

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