Govt extends lockdown till June 16

Staff Correspondent

7 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government on Sunday again extended the ongoing countrywide lockdown for 10-day till June 16 to curb the surge of coronavirus spread.

In this regard, the Cabinet Division has issued a circular urging authorities concerned to take necessary measures along with keeping shut the tourist spots, resorts, community and recreation centres.

It also urged all to stop social gatherings, including post-wedding programme, birthday celebration, picnic and other parties, political and religious programmes.

Food shops and restaurants can sell food from 6:00am to 10:00pm but dine-in services will be allowed at 50 percent capacity, it said.

Local administration can impose restrictions after holding discussion and taking advice from the technical committee for coronavirus.

Inter-district buses can be operated with its half capacity while passengers have to maintain health guidelines, including wearing of facemasks, the circular added.

Earlier, the government on May 30 extended the ongoing countrywide lockdown for a week till June 6 while border with India will remain closed till June 14.

Earlier on May 23, the government extended the ongoing lockdown till May 30.

However, long-distance buses, trains and launches services resumed across the country from May 24, maintaining health safety guidelines and carrying half passengers.

But the health guidelines and carrying half passengers are largely ignored in public transport.

Amid the fresh surge of the pandemic, the government suspended the operations of public transport on April 5.

Besides, the restaurants are allowed to serve food, keeping half of their seats vacant.

According to the restrictions, government and private offices remain closed while shopping malls and shops can be kept open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Earlier, the government extended the lockdown until May 23 for a week from May 16, keeping all the departments and organisations involved in the collection of government revenue outside the purview of the 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.