The government has allowed long-distance buses, trains and launches to resume services across the country today, maintaining health safety guidelines against coronavirus.
As part of the preventive measures against the pandemic, the government has also extended the ongoing lockdown until May 30.“All modes of public transport will resume services on Monday, carrying half passengers and maintaining health guidelines,” said a notification issued by the Cabinet Division on Sunday.
Amid the fresh surge of the pandemic, the government suspended the operations of public transport on April 5.
But, the ongoing restrictions have been extended for another week, taking the corona situation into cognizance, it added.
The notification also said restaurants can also serve food, keeping half of their seats vacant. Other restrictions will remain unchanged.
According to the restriction to contain further spread of Covid-19 infections, government and private offices, and border with India remain closed, while shopping malls and shops can be kept open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
Earlier, the government extended lockdown until May 23 by seven days from May 16, keeping all the departments and orgnaisations involved in the collection of government revenue out of the purview of lockdown.On last May 8, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed the detection of the Indian strain, which was classified by the World Health Organization as a "variant of global concern", in Bangladesh.
Earlier, the government on May 5 extended the lockdown for 11 more days to May 16, allowing intra-district transport services.
Due to a rise in coronavirus cases from mid-March, the government imposed an apparently-lax nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5.
But the government allowed the resumption of public transport services in city corporation areas from April 7 as well as reopening of shops and markets for five days from April 9 in the face of protests against the lockdown. The apparently relaxed lockdown was extended by two more days until April 13. As per the suggestions of health experts, the government enforced a stricter lockdown from April 14 to April 22.
Later, another gazette notification was issued extending the shutdown by another week until April 28 and then until May 5.
As the coronavirus situation has taken a serious turn in India, the government closed the borders with the neighbouring country from April 26.