Offices to reopen from May 31

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

All public and private offices will resume functioning from May 31 as the government has decided not to extend the ongoing general holidays.

Holidays at all offices came into force from May 26 to contain corona pandemic. Later, the holidays extended on several occasions will expire on May 30.

Public Administration Ministry in a gazette notification on Thursday made it clear that the general holiday will not be extended further.

Meanwhile, the government has allowed operation of public transport on road, rail and waterways in a limited scale from May 31.

All educational institutions will remain closed until June 15. However, online academic activities will continue. 

State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Farhad Hossain told the media that offices at public, private and autonomous bodies will resume functioning from May 31.

Sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken the decision to open all offices, departments, banks and public transport to protect socioeconomic sectors from being destroyed. The government is resuming public transport on a trial basis until June 15 and the government may change their policies in line with circumstances.

Airline services will resume operation on a limited scale after May 30, following health guidelines strictly. 

The public and private offices will return to business but the officials will have to maintain strict health regulations. Elderly employees and pregnant women have been exempted from attending office till further notice.

Shopping malls and markets operating under stringent guidelines will remain open until 4:00pm while public movement in the city will remain restricted during a period from 6:00pm to 8:00am.

Sources said employees of Bangladesh Bank have been asked to hold offices from May 31. They will be divided into various groups and be put on duty by rotation maintaining social distancing.

Earlier on Thursday, the Cabinet Division said the government will outline the steps that will have to be taken to resume public transport services between May 31 and Jun 15.

“During that time, public transport including those plying on roads and rivers, plus the rail services will operate with the predetermined amount of passengers while adhering to health and safety protocols,” the Cabinet Division said.