The government on Wednesday published a gazette notification banning operations of inter-district buses, launches and trains to discourage people from going to their village homes for celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr amid the prevailing corona situation in the country.
But the public transports can ply their respective city and district roads following strict health guidelines.“The inter-district bus service will remain suspended. But the public transports will be allowed to ply inside cities and within districts following health rules after May 5. Besides, trains and launch will remain suspended as per the previous restrictions,” the notification says.
The government has extended the ongoing restrictions for another 11-day in a bid to contain the further spread of Covid-19 in the country.
The restrictions have been extended from of May 5 midnight till May 16 midnight, said the notification issued by the Cabinet Division.
It mentioned that all the staff of government, semi-government, autonomous, private offices, banks and financial institutions will have to stay in their respective work stations during the Eid vacation.
The shopping mall, markets, shops will remain open as per previous schedule from 10:00am to 8:00pm maintaining proper hygiene rules. If there is any negligence in health rules, the market will be shut down.
The use of face masks has to be ensured everywhere. If necessary, legal action should be taken against those who disobey will the order through mobile court.All social, political and religious gatherings must be stopped while the Ministry of Information and the concerned city corporation or municipality will undertake a massive publicity campaign to raise awareness regarding the mandatory wearing of masks, maintaining social distance and other health rules in the city corporations, district headquarters and municipal areas.
Authorities concerned have been requested to give instructions to take necessary action over the above-mentioned matters, the notice said.
The government imposed limited nationwide lockdown from April 5 to 11 to combat the second wave of coronavirus.
Later, a one-week strict lockdown was enforced from April 14 to 21, which was then extended until 28 April. It was further extended till 5 May.
However, in the face of growing demand, the government gave permission for a reopening of shops and malls across the country from April 25.