People still defying corona restrictions

Staff Correspondent

26 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

People are still least bothered about the restrictions over coronavirus as they continue to throng streets, footpaths, shopping malls and kitchen markets without maintaining health guidelines.

The ongoing countrywide lockdown have been extended until May 30 to check the spread of the deadly virus. But people are not giving a damn about the health safety rules, thus facing the risk of getting infected with the bug.

Defying the restrictions, people are crowding streets, footpaths, lanes and by-lanes and kitchen markets, paying no heed to the government’s call for maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks.

Police said despite surge in corona cases, many people are coming out of their houses on lame excuses and rushing to streets, footpaths and kitchen markets, worsening the situation.

Some people are coming out of their houses to buy necessary items, some to go to office while a good many people are coming out to see for themselves the lockdown situation, they said.

Law enforcers are apparently failing to tackle the stream of people and vehicles on the streets. 

Public transports, private cars, microbus, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and motorcycles sharing rides were seen plying the roads in the capital on Tuesday.

It seems that all have forgotten about the health guidelines – wearing face masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing which is necessary for staying safe for the contagious virus.

Health rules are being widely ignored at the kitchen markets, while cars, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are running on the roads freely.

Witnesses said the number of vehicles on the city roads was less at the beginning of the lockdown but now all types of transports are plying the roads amid the restrictions.

Movement of people has also increased on the streets despite the government-imposed strict restrictions with 11-point directives to curb the spread of coronavirus or Covid-19.

In some places, police have to handle traffic as usual. On Tuesday morning, heavy traffic was seen at different check posts in the city, including Hatirjheel, Bijoy Sarani and Notun Bazar.

The number of vehicles plying the roads in Malibagh, Motijheel, Kakrail, Paltan and Shahbagh areas in the city was much higher than the past few days. At the beginning of the lockdown, rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaws were seen carrying one passenger at a time but now they are carrying two to three passesgers in violation of the health rules.

A police officer on duty at Rampura Bridge section of Hatirjheel said," We cannot take action against the vehicles running in violation of health rules and that is why traffic pressure is high.”