Many incidents of violence have been reported at fuel queues and nearly 20 people have died of exhaustion after spending several days continuously in the fuel queues.
The Lankan government announced that only essential services will operate from midnight till July 10 and all other operations will be temporarily suspended as the fuel shortage crisis deepens.
Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Minister decided that only essential services will operate from Monday midnight to July 10.
"We have no choice but to register consumers at filling stations and give them a guaranteed weekly quota until we are able to strengthen the financial situation," the energy minister said.
The economic crisis has prompted an acute shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and other fuel, toilet paper and even matches.
In April, the Sri Lankan Cabinet agreed to amend the Petroleum Products Act making provisions to issue licenses to 'properly identified parties' to import fuel.
The new Sri Lankan PM stressed that the stocks of fuel will reduce the long queues at the fuel stations stressing that 'the queues for fuel will not completely disperse'.