Govt issues circular extending lockdown till May 23

Sun Online Desk

16th May, 2021 03:20:00 PM printer

Govt issues circular extending lockdown till May 23

The government has again extended the ongoing lockdown for another week until May 23 with two new directives alongside the existing ones to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The Cabinet Division issued a circular in this regard on Sunday.

On May 5, the government extended the countrywide lockdown until May 16.

The circular said all the offices and agencies relating to revenue collection will be considered as emergency service providers.

Besides, restaurants and eateries will remain open with only takeaway/online services.

As coronavirus cases kept growing at an alarming rate since mid-March, the government had imposed a ‘loose’ nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5 as part of its move to contain its spread.

Later, a ‘stricter’ lockdown was announced from April 14 to 21. On April 28, the government again extended the lockdown until May 5 and issued six fresh directives as the country is struggling to contain the Covid-19 transmission.

On April 23, the Cabinet Division issued a notice allowing shops and shopping malls to operate from April 25 (10am-5pm) on a condition that they would maintain proper safety protocols.