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Tourist, recreation centres, hotels reopen Aug 19

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government will allow the full-fledged operation of public transport and reopening of hotels, resorts and community centres across the country from August 19.

All tourist sports and recreation centres will also reopen on the same day, a notification of the Cabinet division said on Thursday.

“The government has decided to reopen hotel, resorts, tourist spots and community centres at half capacity following health guidelines from August 19,” it said.

“Besides this, public transport will resume full-fledged services on the same day,” the notification reads.

Meanwhile, city-dwellers witnessed huge traffic congestions in different streets on Thursday as public transport started plying and all offices, shops and markets reopened on Wednesday.

Police said people were coming out of their homes and rushing to streets, footpaths and kitchen markets, ignoring health guidelines.

People without masks are found in footpaths, shopping malls, kitchen markets and even small vehicles in busy areas of the capital and outside on Thursday.

Massive traffic congestion was seen in most of the city streets including Farmgate-Airport Road, Newmarket-Mirpur road, Paltan-Shahbagh, Gulistan Malibagh, Jatrabari-Malibagh and Malibagh Badda-Urrata road on Thursday.  

Besides, crowds of people and vehicles were seen at ferry terminals in Shimulia of Munshiganj and Paturia of Manikganj on Thursday.

Huge traffic congestion was also seen in and around the Kamalapur railway station as train service was resumed.

Public transport services resumed countrywide on Wednesday shortly after the government lifted the coronavirus restrictions. Traffic police said, “A huge pressure of vehicles has been seen since morning as all vehicles have started plying the roads.”

Abu Raihan Mohammad Saleh, joint commissioner (traffic north) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said: “Due to the strict lockdown, many people couldn't step out of their houses.”

As soon as the lockdown restrictions were lifted, people and motor vehicles in large numbers took to the city streets, creating huge traffic jams, he added.

The government relaxed the strict lockdown from Wednesday, allowing public transports, all government and non-government offices, shopping malls, factories, markets, restaurants and hotels to reopen across the country.

Earlier, considering the current worsening situation of coronavirus across the country, the government had decided to extend the ongoing nationwide strict lockdown until August 10.

The government enforced a 14-day strict lockdown from July 1 which was eased for eight days on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

The strict lockdown was imposed again on July 23 for two weeks.

However, the government allowed reopening of all export-oriented factories, including the garment ones, from August 1 amid the strict lockdown.