The government has taken all preparations to enforce a complete eight-day lockdown in the country from tomorrow to contain the surge of the deadly coronavirus.
As the country is witnessing continued rise in deaths and infections from coronavirus or Covid-19, the government will strictly implement the fresh lockdown.To this effect, the government has issued a set of rules, which state that all public and private offices will remain closed and operations of public transport on all routes will be off during the lockdown.
The mill and factories have been kept outside of the purview of the 13-point restrictions, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division on Monday.
The rules regarding the enforcement of the lockdown will come into effect from April 14 midnight, said the notification signed by Deputy Secretary Rezaul Islam.
“All government, semi-government, autonomous, private offices and financial institutions will remain be closed. Employees will not be allowed to leave their stations. The ban will not be applicable to airport, land ports and maritime ports and their offices,” said the notification.
Amid the surge of the virus, the government on April 5 enforced a weeklong restriction, banning all public transports to check the spread of the deadly bug. Later, the restrictions were extended until April 13.
In the fresh lockdown, the government has allowed the mills and factories to remain open in the face of pressure by the trade bodies.“Factories will remain open with own management following strict health guidelines. The authorities have to arrange transport for their workers,” the notification said.
During the lockdown, Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue the necessary directives for the trial courts across the country
Operations of all public transport, including buses, trains, water vessels and domestic flights will be suspended. The ban will not be applicable to cargo transports, production systems and emergency vehicles.
Vehicles serving law-enforcement agencies, emergency relief distribution, health services, corona vaccination, utility services, fire service, private security, postal service, land and maritime ports, telephone, internet providers will be allowed to run.
Citizens are barred from going out without emergency. Buying medicines and daily staples, seeking medical treatment or burial of the dead will be allowed. People are allowed to visit the vaccination centres to get the shot, but they must carry their vaccination cards.
Hotel and restaurants will remain closed but they can supply food from 12:00pm to 7:00 pm and 12:00 am to 6:00 am. Shopping malls and stores will remain closed.
Daily staples, including kitchen ingredients, can be sold in open places from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The kitchen market authorities or the local administration must ensure that the health rules are followed.
District administration will coordinate the transportation of farm workers for emergency needs for harvesting Boro paddy.
District and local administrations will take necessary measures to implement the directives, while the law enforcement agencies will strengthen patrolling during the lockdown.
The DGHS director-general will provide the necessary power of attorney to the district administration and the police department to take legal action on its behalf.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue necessary guidelines for the devotees to say Jummah and Tarawih prayers in congregations, following the health guidelines.
The ministries or departments concerned may issue additional directives, if needed, in this regard.
Amid the fresh surge of coronavirus, Bangladesh has imposed a ban on all travelers’ entry into the country from the Europe, excluding UK, and 12 other countries for two weeks.
The other countries are Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has also suspended operations of international flights for a week from April 14.
After the outbreak of the virus globally, the government on March 23 last year declared a 10-day national holidays for all public and private offices, except emergency services, from March 26.
The government had also deployed members of the armed forces in the field level to help the civil administration maintain social distancing and strengthen corona preventive measures.
Entry of foreign nationals had also been banned through the land ports of Benapole, Bhomra, Banglabandha, Hili, Burimari, Roumari, Darshana, Nakugaaon, Tamabil, Sheola and Akhaura. Operation of long route buses was also suspended.
The government had extended the holidays until May 30 in phases.