Increase in illegal alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka during Coronavirus outbreak

April 18, 2020 at 9:11 PM

Sri Lanka Excise department says illegal alcohol consumption in Sri Lanka has increased during Coronavirus outbreak curfew.

“With this situation, we figured that illegal liquor usage has seen a huge increase, which was unexpected by us. It was noted that such usage of illegal liquor also could contribute to the spread of Covid-19 as social distancing is not upheld in such circumstances.” Excise Department spokesman Kapila Kumarasinghe said addressing a press conference.

The production,  sale and detection of  illicit  alcoholic has been notably increased he said.

Sale and distribution of liquor during the  curfew has been banned.

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Excise Department says they have  launched a special programme to arrest those people who run illegal liquor businesses.

Details of the some of the arrests that were made 👇