Strict lockdown again if health rules ignored, warns Quader

Staff Correspondent

26 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that the government would be compelled to impose stricter lockdown again, if health guidelines are ignored.

“All have to abide by the hygiene rules, otherwise government will be compelled to impose stricter lockdown again if people do not follow health guidelines once public transport services are resumed after the end of ongoing lockdown,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a press briefing at a relief distribution programme arranged by relief and social welfare sub-committee of the Awami League at its President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office.

The minister came up with the remark as the countrywide lockdown to

curb coronavirus spread is going to end on April 28.

The AL spokesperson joined the programme virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

He said all concerned must have to follow health guidelines when the public transport services will resume.

“Earlier, we witnessed that health guidelines were followed in some vehicles, weren’t followed in some others,” he mentioned.

But when the transport services will resume on limited scale on conditions of following health guidelines, none should misuse the scope, he said.

The minister said if the vehicles carry passengers more than half of their seating capacities and realize more fare than fixed one and do not abide by the conditions, the government will be bound to enforce lockdown again.

Mentioning that the government has given permission to keep open shopping malls, markets and shops in day time properly maintaining health guidelines, the minister urged the shop owners and all others to follow the health guidelines realizing the situation and its danger.

“You all must wear facemasks and follow health guiltiness so that the government need not to enforce lockdown or shut shopping malls and markets again,” he said.

The AL general secretary said stern action would be taken against them if anyone found involved in committing anomalies with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s relief and financial assistance for poor.

“Everyone has to be aware so that the relief and financial assistance does not go to waste and also ensure that the relief reaches the right place,” he said.