2. What happens AFTER lock-down?
People are wondering what they can / will do after the island-wide imposed curfew (aka lock down) is lifted. As of yet we don’t know whether the curfew will be extended or what activities are allowed after it is lifted. Please bear in mind the Sri Lankan government is doing a great job so far to respond to the global pandemic and they are taking necessary steps to try and mitigate the effects that this could have on Sri Lanka as a nation. The main aim of the curfew is to help prevent “community transmission”.
The term community transmission means that the source of infection for the spread of an illness is unknown or a link in terms of contacts between patients and other people is missing. It refers to the difficulty in grasping the epidemiological link in the community beyond confirmed cases (1).
How long will this last?
Nobody knows… it could be extended but given the current situation it will probably be lifted but people will be asked to drastically limit their travel and only travel when absolutely necessary. At the moment it is scheduled to end on Monday the 23rd of March at 6am.
Should I keep travelling?
No, not really. If the curfew is lifted I recommend still only travelling locally and on small errands. Lifting the travel ban will allow you to go to restuarants, go surfing and do local activities – BUT – you should limit your long distance travel. You should limit your long distance travel to (1) help prevent the spread of the virus, 17% (2) of people with the virus carry it without showing symptoms. We need to all work together to curb the spread of the virus in Sri Lanka as it will have dramatic effects on a lot of local people.
Please refer the article “Should I stay or should I go” for further points and information to consider in this decision.