Govt issues gazette on lockdown extension

Staff Correspondent

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government on Wednesday issued a gazette notification on extension of the ongoing lockdown till May 5 to contain the further spread of coronavirus in the country.

“Considering the coronavirus infection situation, the previous restrictions have been extended till the midnight on May 5,” the gazette reads.

Shops and shopping malls will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pm during the time, and restriction on public-private offices and public transport will remain the same.

However, emergency services will be in operation.

Earlier, the government imposed an apparently loose nationwide lockdown for one week

from April 5 as the coronavirus cases continue to rise alarmingly from late March.

But the government allowed the resumption of public transport in city corporation areas from April 7 as well as reopening shops and shopping malls for five days from April 9 in the face of protests against the lockdown. The apparently relaxed lockdown extended by more two days till April 13.

As per the suggestion of the health expert, the government has enforced stricter lockdown from April 14 to April 22.

Later, another gazette notification was issued to extend the ongoing lockdown by another week till April 28.

As the coronavirus situation of neighboring India has taken a serious turn, the government closed the border with India for 14 days from April 26.

However, the government allowed shops and shopping malls to open from April 25 due to the protests against the lockdown and taking life and livelihood into cognizance.

The gazette also added new restrictions. They are: the government has imposed a ban on entry of travellers from India through the land, river and air ports. However, vehicles carrying goods and essentials will be out of the purview of the restrictions. Bangladeshis, who are now in India and whose visas have expired, can enter Bangladesh on special consideration, taking permission from the Bangladesh High Commission. The authorities concerned will ensure 14-quarentine for the Bangladeshi returnees. Shops and shopping malls will remain open from 10am to 8pm, maintaining health guidelines. Commerce and labour ministries and related business organisations and market management committees will take steps to ensure that the shops and shopping malls maintain health guidelines. Legal action will be taken against the rule-violators.

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will be held as per the directives of Religious Ministry.

Returnees of Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia and China with vaccination certificates and Covid-19 negative certificates must stay 14-day home quarantine. But they will have to inform about their return and quarantine to the local police stations.

Passengers returning from the above-mentioned countries, who only have Covid-19 negative certificates, will be in quarantine under government management. They will be allowed to go home after 3-5 days and stay in 14-day home quarantine after doctors give permission following tests. They must inform the respective police stations.

Passengers from other countries will stay in 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels at their own cost.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 77 people have died from Covid-19 in last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths has now reached 11,305. At least 2,955 new infections were recorded in the meantime, taking the total number of people infected to 754,614.