Following a special operation carried out today (January 05) in Pettah and Colombo Fort, the Sri Lanka Police arrested 20 people who did not wear face masks in public.
Subsequently, the arrestees were taken to the Maligawatte area and referred to PCR and rapid antigen testing.
Two have been found positive for the Covid-19 virus, according to the police.
The police reported earlier today (05) that individuals who refuse to wear a face mask in public will be subjected to rapid antigen tests or PCR tests as of today.
Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana noted in a statement that legal action against persons who do not wear a face mask in public would also be sought.
As these individuals are at risk of being exposed to coronavirus transmission, the decision was taken and they also pose a risk to other people, DIG Rohana explained.